After his breakfast meeting with Judge Alito, President Bush offered praise for his nominee and guarded optimism for the hearings:
And my hope, of course, is that the American people will be impressed by the process. It's very important that members of the Senate conduct a dignified hearing. The Supreme Court is a dignified body; Sam is a dignified person. And my hope, of course, is that the Senate bring dignity to the process and give this man a fair hearing and an up or down vote on the Senate floor.
Methinks the President isn't holding his breath.