The Washington Post has a long piece today on what went wrong in the liberal fight against Justice Alito. Overall, the piece argues that the Republicans succeeded in shaping public opinion on the nominee despite Democrats attempts to use their grass-roots tools and the ammunition of years of judicial opinions. Other key missteps included Sen. Reid's reliance on an organized political strategy from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee which never materialized, an inability to interest moderates in the party in the issue and well-organized Republicans' immediate pressure on the potential swing votes within their own party. Ultimately, the piece argues that it was the Democrats who got "Borked." "The irony here is that we thought we had accomplished something during the Bork hearings -- opening up the process, letting the American people see what was going on," said Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), Judiciary Committee chairman at the time of the Bork nomination. "But they learned something, too."