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Monday, September 12, 2005

The Roberts Confirmation Hearing

Ann Althouse is blogging this farce, in which Republicans attempt to fawn over the nominee with Larry King like barn-burners whereas Democrats lecture a judge about the law, and then give campaign speeches. Here's Ann on Wisconsin's own Herb Kohl:

Herb Kohl. My son Chris (age 22) just came home. He looks at the TV and says, "Hey, that's our Senator." He watches for about eight seconds, then bursts out laughing and says: "What is the point of them lecturing him like this?" I just say, "Yeah, I know." Kohl says his standard for voting on a judicial nominee is "judicial excellence," which he proceeds to define as containing four elements. Chris says, "'Judicial excellence.' What bullsh*t." Kohl says: "Justice, after all, may be blind, but it should not be deaf." Me: groan.

Ughh. She thinks that Russ did a better job:

Russ Feingold. I don't know why Wisconsin gets two Senators on the committee, but we do. Feingold gets the first laugh I hear from the assembled crowd, when he comments that Roberts looks "healthy," after pointing out that Roberts is up for a lifetime appointment. Roberts and his wife both look like the think it's highly amusing. Of course, he's setting up his statement about how intense the scrutiny ought to be. Of all the Senators, Feingold makes the most articulate argument for why Roberts should answer detailed questions. He's the best speaker on the committee — probably the smartest too.

Of course, if Roberts was smart he would take my advice and give answers like this. Oh well.


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