All but one of the Senate's majority Republicans voted for his confirmation, while all but four of the Democrats voted against Alito.
That is the smallest number of senators in the president's opposing party to support a Supreme Court justice in modern history. Chief Justice John Roberts got 22 Democratic votes last year, and Justice Clarence Thomas _ who was confirmed in 1991 on a 52-48 vote _ got 11 Democratic votes.
The WaPo reports that bosom buddies, Bush and Alito watched the vote together in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. No doubt, Bush was all a gush when the announcement was made. Chief Justice Roberts will swear Alito in, in "a private ceremony later in the day."
This will be "in plenty of time" for Alito to be used as prop by Bush tonight at the State of the Union speech, where we can expect him to tout his victory that will have dire consequences in the future, on the lives of Americans.