The Democrats today invoked a parliamentary procedure locking down the Senate prior to a discussion of Iraq and the indictment of Scooter Libby.
According to The Corner, this was done by Harry Reid without consulting Senate Majority Leader Frist, who is livid.
Methinks that the Democrats know they can't filibuster Alito and are also frustrated by the limited nature of last week's indictment of Libby, and they are panicking and throwing a temper tantrum today. The end result, however, will be a toughening of Republican resolve as Republicans know now, more than ever, that the Democrats refuse to "play nice."
Update: The Democrats aren't likely to be any happier when they learn that today Tom DeLay won his motion to remove from his case the judge who was a contributor to MoveOn.org.