A Little Off Topic, but That's Okay
While Alito may have followed all of the judicial ethics codes, it's kind of concerning that he explicitly wrote he would recuse himself from all cases involving Vanguard, and then he didn't. It's not a question of judicial ethics, it's a question of honesty, integrity, and reliability. I can see why some people would be concerned.
Overall, though, the proceedings have been bullshit. The same questions about this have come up over and over again. Clearly, the answers are: 1) he understood his statement as only relevant to the term of his first appointment 2) he didn't stand to gain or lose from the outcome of the case, 3) the recusal lists that keep coming up are irrelevant. That's just the first step. Judges have several more opportunities to recuse themselves from cases.
So why do people keep asking about this? It's somewhat concerning, but the questions are unnecessary. The facts are out there. Take it as you will, but quit drilling it in. Clearly, what the issue is here, is that people worry less about the potential for a justice not getting confirmed than they do about a filibuster. The democrats are essentially flexing their muscles. and sending the message that even though the questions are answered, because it wasn't the answers they wanted, they'll delay the process. Bottom line, people, you don't have the votes to sustain a filibuster.
And Diane Feinstein is an idiot. She sat there and said at the same time that justices shouldn't use their own personal beliefs, but the facts of a case, to make their decisions. Good point. Then she went on to say that it raises concerns that as a lawyer and a private citizen, Alito has made comments saying he would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, but as a judge he has sat on decisions which reaffirmed the case. Hello. First of all, lawyers are paid to make a certain case. For example, someone could tell their lawyer that they are guilty. The lawyer still (unless they drop the case) has to make the case that they are innocent, regardless of what the lawyer knows or believes. As a judge, Alito had to look at the facts in the case, the Constitutional law, and the precedent. That's what he did, regardless of his personal beliefs about Roe v. Wade. Shouldn't this be a reassurance that he will not be an activist justice, and will look at the cases, the Constitution, and the precedent? Well, appearantly not when he's a conservative judge.
Moreover, the nonsense about Sandra Day O'Connor being a swing vote, and finding a moderate justice who can continue that, is nonsense. First of all, she was fairly conservative. Second of all, the outgoing justice's political beliefs are not what the incomoing justices should be judged on. The Court has changed politically repeatedly. That's what happens. Shut up, and do your job. Alito has experience, integrity, and massive support from legal authorities. Even liberal lawyers and judges he has worked with, and lawyers he's argued against in court, support him. Just confirm the man.