January 23, 2006

It's Showtime

Constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School offers his thoughts regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee's apparent failure "to elicit much useful information from [Judge] Alito."

Contrary to what some may think, the main source of the problem isn't an "evasive" Judge Alito. As Professor Dershowitz notes, "the real trouble with the hearings is some of the senators themselves." Indeed, Professor Dershowitz observes that "too many senators view the hearings as a campaign opportunity instead of as a confirmation hearing":
For example, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), the first announced presidential candidate of the 2008 campaign, spent more than two-thirds of his first 30-minute "questioning" session talking about himself.
Well, isn't that special: the person who called the Roberts hearings a "Kabuki Dance" is himself responsible for ensuring the hearings are "political theater" rather than a meaningful exercise.

Relatedly, one mustn't forget this delightful post from Wonkette:
The NY Times reports today that NY senator Chuck Schumer was so concerned about his performance at today's confirmations hears for John Roberts, he "held a mock hearing in his office on Sunday, with a Harvard law professor playing Judge Roberts." You can't even keep the man away from fake cameras.

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