On thing that Sam Alito's supporters don't want to talk about is his desire to give Presidents more executive powers. Given that President Bush made himself a proviso to bypass the recent "No torture" clause that Sen. John McCain forced through, and that this idea came from Alito, it seems that Bush considers the hearings nothing more than a formality.
But it says here that Alito is pushing for nothing more than executive steroids that future version of Congress will want to erode when the President is of a different party. And like real steroids, these executive steroids will only hurt the presidency in the long run. This idea from Alito should be soundly rejected by the Senate during his hearings.