tough questions

From the Times.

Senator Orrin G. Hatch. . . asked [Supreeen Court nominee Samuel A. Alito] whether he was against women and minority groups in college.
“Absolutely not, senator, no,” the judge replied.
“Tough question, Orrin,” Senator Leahy interjected with a chuckle. “Tough question.”
“Good question, though,” Mr. Hatch retorted.

*sigh* I see Washington’s off to a good start.