This week, Justice Alito offered up the refined, Supreme Court version of Joe Wilson's "You Lie!";
OK, Arianna is in the business of sensational journalism, but in my book there is a huge gap between Wilson's "You lie" and Alioto's "that's not so." The difference is between a deliberate insult and a possibly quite respectful diagreement on facts or their interpretation. Alioto was still out of order - as out of order as an administration official would be saying or mouthing the same thing in a Supreme Court hearing. The sentiment was appropriate but the occasion was not. He, like heckler at the Supreme Court, should have been summarily ejected.
Wilson, on the other hand, deserved more drastic punishment.