Thursday, July 16, 2009

LA Times Complains That Senate Judiciary Committee Members Are Talking Too Much

LA Times writer Andrew Malcolm reports that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are "out-talking" Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor by a 2-1 ratio. Malcolm relies upon a computer generated word count of hearing transcripts.

In fairness to the Senators, however, the Senate Judiciary Committee has 19 members -- a fact that Malcolm conveniently neglects to report. Nevertheless, because the committee members are trying to communicate messages to voters (desired or otherwise), they have decided to do what comes naturally: grandstand. Accordingly, I am not surprised that the committee members are out-talking Sotomayor, a no-nonsense judge. Besides, some of the questions are so asinine (multiple versions of "do you hate guns or white men"), that Sotomayor's answers are probably too long, if anything.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Hutchinson: Perhaps this is deliberate: the more the Senators talk, the less SS has to say. SS's silence can only help her confirmation. Her soft shoe imitation of John "I'm just an umpire" Roberts leaves me weak, unable to do any more than snicker. But then I consider that the nominee could have been, say, Diane Wood or Kathleen Sullivan, who would have been able to fire back at cross questioning, and start laughing again. In the Great Beyond the shade of Roman Hruska smiles trumphantly, vindicated after 39 long years. Let SS don the robes of James Clark McReynolds and settle in for a long run, proving yet again that disciples of the ancient Greek philosopher Mediocretes will rise and rise and rise and rise....

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Greg: Yes, only smart white guys can get away with not revealing their true positions.....

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