We're always on the lookout for a Supreme Court angle to any news event, but at first that seemed to be a tall order in connection with Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's recent headline-making difficulties. But The Hill newspaper came to the rescue, with a 2005 story that is making the rounds on the blogosphere.
Turns out that Craig, whose musical talents were mainly on display with the Singing Senators group, wrote a song about Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. just hours after meeting him in November 2005. Collaborating with CBS bandleader Paul Shaffer for a charitable event, he set the song to the music of "Maria," from "West Side Story." Here is how it goes, according to the story:
"The most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard Alito, Alito, Alito, I just met a judge named Alito And suddenly the name will never be the same Alito, Bush just picked a judge named Alito Alito, say it proud, that Republican saying Say it soft and there’s Democrats praying Alito, may the Senate confirm Alito.”The words don't exactly track the original song, but it worked like a charm. The Senate confirmed Alito on Jan. 31, 2006, by a 58-42 vote.