From Political Wire:
Democrats Seek to Minimize Alito "Victory Period"
Despite all the fuss over the filibuster and "nuclear option," Senate Democrats anticipate that Judge Samuel Alito will be confirmed to the high court, according to the Washington Post, and now their strategy is simply to delay the inevitable and minimize the political impact of Alito's confirmation.
The Judiciary Committee vote, initially scheduled for today, has been postponed until next Tuesday -- only days before President Bush's State of the Union address. Democrats want to reduce the Alito "victory period," which will fade after the president's address takes over the news.
The State of the Union "is the 800-pound gorilla lurking over the debate," said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-NV.) "That's part of the strategic calculation."