Although my concerns regarding Judge Alito are far from assuaged, this does give me hope. The judicial nominee has been meeting with some moderate Democrats this week to reassure them that he does not intend to take a conservative agenda with him if he ascends to the Supreme Court. The move is undoubtedly meant to head off the possibility of a Democratic fillibuster during the nomination process, but it is worth noting that some moderate Republicans have posed questions and expressed doubts about some of Judge Alito's views as well.
Anyway, it's good to see that the Republicans are at least trying to play ball and make some overtures toward compromise rather than just cramming the nomination down the nation's collective throat. They may simply be lying in order to get what they want, but then again, maybe they really just don't want to rock the boat all that much when it comes to the Supreme Court- after all, fanatics can be unpredictable, and that's really not a very good thing for either side when it comes to the nation's highest court.