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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

On The Alito Hearings

Skip March on the Alito hearings:

A question resulting from recent senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court has been, "are these hearings necessary?" Britt Hume's thoughtful response was the answer is "yes and "no". Yes, because when thoughtful, serious questions are asked, revealing and useful answers are given. These hearings actually provided useful information regarding the nominee's judicial philosophy, temperament and his overall high integrity as an individual. The answer of no arises because of the character assassination, self serving speeches, pandering to special interest groups and fishing expeditions.

After watching much of the hearings I have firmly concluded that Ted Kennedy is in fact the Joseph McCarthy of our time (followed closely by Howard Dean, Barbara Boxer and Chuck Schumer, Al Gore....not in any order). Teddy gets the nod because he has been doing it for so long. The only difference between Kennedy and McCarthy is that McCarthy was not a hypocrite about his anti-communism, while Kennedy's hypocrisy was evident throughout his questioning regarding club affiliations, etc. Ted Kennedy questioning anyone's personal integrity is the height of hypocrisy. Both are horrid individuals.

Because the hearings were so revealing on so many levels, including the temperament and tactics of individual Senators and a political party as a whole, I would conclude that these hearings are very useful and necessary. They not only allow us insight into the nominee but also insight into the inquisitors. Spanish Inquisition anyone????

Skip

Joseph Kenner adds:

They are absolutely necessary for all the reasons that you gave below. I see no purpose in the open remarks by all of the senators. Are the hearing about them or are they about the nominee? I found them very self-serving and irrelevant. It was a way to throw red meat to the campaign contributors and lobbyists, particularly since Alito just sat there and listened.

I would add:

As Mark Steyn and Thomas Sowell explained it was about performing for their contributors. The Left is now dominating the Democrat Party but the country was able to view attacks of a very poised and accomplished man. When the Democrats alleged he was a base racist for his associations 30 years ago, they did more to hurt their standing with the 40% of the independent voters. yes, they played well for their 30%. Elections are won in the middle.

As Steyn wrote:

When you damn someone as a big scary mega-troubling racist misogynist homophobe and he seems to any rational observer perfectly non-scary and non-troubling, eventually you make yourself ridiculous. The boy who cried "Wolf!" at least took the precaution of doing so when there was no alleged predator in view. If he'd stood there crying "Wolf!" while pointing at a hamster, he'd have been led away for counseling. That's the stage the Senate Democrats are at.

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