It is actually more important that Alito answer these questions, Schumer now says, because we already know so much about what Alito thinks from Alito’s fifteen years of opinions on the Third Circuit and other written materials.Now, you may remember why it was so important for John Roberts to answer questions. You guessed it - because he had so few years on the bench and so few opinions that the committee could stew over. Of course, this is a complete switch from when Ginsburg was before the committee. Then, her ten years on the bench meant that she didn't have to answer questions on her personal views.
So, you got that? Republican nominees have to answer questions because they may or may not have been on the bench for a long time. Democrats - not so important.