The NY Times Christmas Eve anti-Alito editorial is a big vicious lie and a distortion of Alito’s record.
The take on the editorial is that Alito believes that Presidents have infinite power, and because of this you should be very afraid of him. This is utter bull. As a lawyer working for the executive branch, he did his job writing memos supporting the positions his superiors told him to. That’s what lawyers do, advocate for one side or another.
There is one particular case the NY Times editorial mentions, saying “The Supreme Court flatly rejected Judge Alito's view of the law. In a 1985 ruling, the court rightly concluded ...” The blog Confirm Them points out that in the case in question, the Supreme Court decision was 4-3, so Alito's memo could hardly be said to be out in left field.
The only specific judicial decision of Alito’s that the Times editorial comes up with to demonstrate its point is in the following quote:
In his judicial opinions, Judge Alito has shown a lack of respect for Congressional power - notably when he voted to strike down Congress's ban on machine guns as exceeding its constitutional authority.
The above decision points us to the opposite conclusion. As a judge, Alito believes the federal government has only limited powers, making him exactly the kind of justice that freedom loving Americans would want on the Court.