Named Monday by President Bush to the Supreme Court, Alito is:
•Not a woman, which means Harriet Miers apparently was the only woman in the United States who qualified for the Supremes. Tough luck, ladies.
•Fairly young at 55.
•Born on April Fool's Day.
•Catholic, which would make him the fifth Catholic on the high court.
•A raging anti-Roe voice.
That last point will be much discussed over the next few days, so here's the background. Alito sits on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1991, he was the only judge on the Third Circuit to vote in favor of an anti-abortion law that required women seeking abortions to "inform" their husbands. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Alito said many reasons for an abortion -- "economic constraints, future plans, or the husbands' previously expressed opposition -- could be "obviated by discussion prior to abortion."
Is this the sort of legal mind we want on the U.S. Supreme Court?