Mrs. Alito left the hearing room in tears this evening when Republican Senator Lindsay Graham apologized for some of the attacks and insinuating questions Judge Alito has had to sit through over the last three days.
Newt Gingrich said on John Gibson's Fox show this afternoon: "Today the spirit of Joseph McCarthy was alive and well."
Power Line also picked up on the McCarthy theme. Scott Johnson wrote: "Listening to Chuck Schumer this afternoon, I was struck by the resemblance between his mendacious tirade against Judge Alito and the bullying, sinister tones of Joe McCarthy as I recently saw him in Good Night and Good Luck. It will be interesting to see whether this hearing is the event that finally causes the public to see liberals as the mean-spirited bullies they so often are."
Update: Moderate Mort Kondracke said this afternoon on Brit Hume's program: "The attempts to make him [Alito] out to be a bigot were just pathetic."
Evening Update: Should this headline be "The Spirit of the McCarthy Myth Lives"? (See discussion comments.)