"ALITO: Senator, I tried to in my opening statement, I tried to provide a little picture of who I am as a human being and how my background and my experiences have shaped me and brought me to this point. ... And that's why I went into that in my opening statement. Because when a case comes before me involving, let's say, someone who is an immigrant -- and we get an awful lot of immigration cases and naturalization cases -- I can't help but think of my own ancestors, because it wasn't that long ago when they were in that position. [...] " Scalia, Alito Quotes Blunt Conservative Attacks On Sotomayor Apparently its OK for a republican to recognize his background can influence his judicial decisions - but not a democrat. big surprise guess what, Scalia thinks that judges make policy. "Even if the policy making capacity of judges were limited to courts of last resort, that would only prove that the announce clause fails strict scrutiny" (same link) I guess scalia is a liberal scumbag. You know what - the people who come up with talking points for Republicans - they are total and complete hypocrites.