Good column from law scholar Eugene Volokh on Judge Alito and the First Amendment. He sees Alito as a free-speech protector. Volokh notes the conservatives (save Rehnquist) have consistently favored broader First Amendment protections than the liberal members of the court. Just like the Kelo decision, most would assume it’s the other way around.
Here his conclusion:
What do we see here in Judge Alito? Not an O’Connor, Scalia or Rehnquist; rather, a judge with his own mix of conservatism, libertarianism and egalitarianism, a cautious jurist who seems likely to move the court toward a slightly more claimant-friendly view of free speech and religious freedom–and a slightly more government-friendly view of the Establishment Clause.
Sounds good to me.
(My internet is working again.)