And one of those classmate comments was particularly revealing to me:
"Ideology aside, I think he is a terrific guy, a terrific choice," said [Joel] Friedman, a Yale classmate of Alito's. "He is not Harriet Miers; he has unimpeachable credentials. He may disagree with me on many legal issues — I am a Democrat; I didn't vote for Bush. I would not prefer any of the people Bush has appointed up until now.
"The question is, is this guy [Alito] going to be motivated by the end and find a means to get to the end, or is he going to reach an end through thoughtful analysis of all relevant factors? In my judgment, Sam will be the latter."
There it is. Short, sweet and to the point. My definition of a conservative judge. Conservative in the process of judging. Thoughtfully analyze all relevant factors of a case: Law, facts, application of law to facts, and then and only then decide the outcome. A classic definition of judging. Classically conservative.
What's not to like about that?