Next Taylor cites the "virtually unanimous praise voiced by the many moderates and liberals (as well as conservatives) who know Alito well ..." The testimony of Alito's friends is an unpersuasive reason to think he's not agressively conservative.
After reading hundreds of news articles and interviewing dozens of people during the nearly 10 weeks since Alito's nomination, I have yet to come across a single suggestion (even anonymous) by anyone well acquainted with the man that he will bring a radical conservative agenda to the Court. If I have missed anyone out there, please let me know.
Clever enough, but even Taylor doesn't pretend that the fact one could paint O'Connor as an extreme conservative implies Alito is not one.
The testimony of Alito's friends is an unpersuasive reason to think he's not agressively conservative.
Byron White + Sandra O'Connor = Ruth Ginsberg + X