The Hearing Dance [UPDATED]
Like Judge Roberts before him, Alito has now "made news" by agreeing that the Constitution does in fact guarantee a right to privacy. That right is the one typically invoked by abortion rights supporters, and denied by its detractors. Isn't it clear that this is the new strategy? Concede the privacy point to undercut the Democrats' avenue of questioning, and then simply determine, when the time comes, that the right to privacy doesn't extend to reproductive rights? It sounds to me like they know Americans like the idea of "privacy" and have just decided about arguing the general point: why bother?
[UPDATE: Senator Kohl (D-WI) just now (1:50 central time): "This begs the question...." AAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!]