Thursday, January 12, 2006

It's all about the sound of their own voices

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito finished his requisite Senate confirmation hearings today. Following, Senator Joe Biden called the hearing system "a game" and suggested it should be abandoned altogether in favor of a straight debate and vote directly on the Senate floor (the method used before 1925) because:

"Nominees ... come before the United States Congress and resolve not to let the people know what they think about the important issues."

It's funny he should say that, when Biden appears to be one of the game's worst offenders. For example, during the first round of Alito questioning, Biden needed 3,739 words to formulate his questions, leaving Alito time for just 1,021 words to respond. With such pontificating by the questioners, it's no wonder that what exactly the nominee believes remains a mystery.

Among the other bloviaters:

New York's own Sen. Chuck Schumer, whose 3,471 words outnumbered Alito's 1,166 by more than 3 to 1, and

Old hound dog Sen. Ed Kennedy, who spoke 3,282 to Alito's 1,557. Article.


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