I was somewhat bemused by this. I kept thinking, “Well duh.” it seemed like an uphill battle the whole time for them — trying to oppose Alito. And it did not help them when Mrs. Alito started crying. It really did not help.
But then, not many people care about the unitary executive. If you are trying to connect with a voter, you can’t play inside baseball. And that’s what this hearing amounted to. And it was boring.