Gloves Are off in Alito Hearings, Metaphorically Speaking; Spending, Spending and More Spending

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Gloves Are off in Alito Hearings, Metaphorically Speaking; Spending, Spending and More Spending


Byline: Charles Hurt, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Baseball is back.

No, not the Nationals, but the Senators. The national pastime has once again taken the pitcher's mound in Supreme Court confirmations hearings.

Last year, it became the cliche of the hearings for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who led off by asserting that he would call cases the way an umpire calls balls and strikes.

Senators fielded a full roster of baseball-isms yesterday with the start of hearings for federal Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., himself a big fan.

Yesterday's first home run came from Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican.

"We do not evaluate an umpire's performance based on which team won the game, but on how that umpire applied the rules inning after inning," he said. "We do not hire umpires by showing them the roster for the upcoming season and demanding to know which teams they will favor before those teams even take the field. …

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