At least Alito has a record by which we can see how he may rule in particular forthcoming cases. Is anyone buying this whole "legislating from the bench" gambit? Isn't the whole purpose of the Supreme Court to make difficult decisions that affect the rule of law and the execution of it's enforcement? What do they think we are, stupid?
Ultimately, the real reason W was trying to get his personal laywer, and now, a conservative person on the SCOTUS is to help him survive the legal whipping he is about to take from any civil suit the Wilson/Plame's file.
Legal experts are already debating whether the Wilsons have a case. These are some of the same legal experts who thought Paula Jones' case was going to get laughed out of court. Who knows, they might be right this time.
But the Wilsons' case will not end quickly, however it goes. Win or lose, there will be lots and lots of motions, depositions and days in court. The Jones case wound its way all the way up to the US Supreme Court, leaving a trail of embarrassing disclosures every inch of the way.
Soon after the Wilsons' case is filed, subpoenas will start arriving at the homes and/or offices of the President, Vice President, Rove, Libby, Tenet, Rumsfeld and others involved in the cooking of intelligence justifying the war. Sworn depositions will follow as images of Bill Clinton dancing a mocking jig in their heads.
That's why I say, the worst -- or best -- may be yet to come.