Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee are busy shooting arrows at Ninth Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu, a Berkeley Law Professor. And it is clear they're still super pissed that Liu testified against Justice Samuel Alito when Alito was up for the Supreme Court.
Sen. John Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, brought up Liu's sentiments that, essentially, Alito's America would be a dark fascist hole, a vision of Orwell (I'm paraphrasing a bit there). But then Kyl demonstated that a nomination fight nearly 25 years ago still makes Republicans crazy: he said Liu's comments on Alito are "reminiscent" of Sen. Edward Kennedy's famous speech about Robert Bork's America, which went a long way to tanking Bork's nomination.
For Kyl, Liu's statements on Alito are "racially charged," echoing Republican attacks on Justice Sonia Sotomayor as a racist.