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