Via Daily Kos, this Political theater:
Update: A PR stunt? This seems to suggest so:
The always-alert Creative Response Concepts, a conservative public relations firm, sent this bulletin: “Former Alito clerk Gary Rubman witnessed Mrs. Alito leaving her husband’s confirmation in tears and is available for interviews, along with other former Alito clerks who know her personally and are very upset about this development.”
It’s all a freakin’ game. And the media is the biggest enabler.
The tears for Sam’s integrity bit was probably genuine, in the sense that Mrs. Alito was genuinely touched by the “testaments to Judge Alito’s character” that Sen. Lindsay Graham rehearsed at that moment. However, the Senator probably was playing for this effect, having seen it in prep. And the exploitation of the woman’s pride by Republicans is more insensitive than the Democrats asking hard questions, which is their job.