Bush: Alito will bring "a lot of class to that court"

As confirmation hearings begin, the president touts his nominee.

Published January 9, 2006 3:03PM (EST)

Confirmation hearings begin today for Samuel Alito, and George W. Bush did his part this morning to make sure that Alito -- and not, say, Tom DeLay -- owned every minute of the news cycle. After an early morning breakfast with Alito at the White House, the president trotted his nominee out for a turn before the cameras.

There, Bush explained that Alito must be confirmed because the Supreme Court without him is a little, well, tacky. Citing the "well qualified" rating Alito earned from the American Bar Association, Bush said: "Sam's got the intellect necessary to bring a lot of class to that court."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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