Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Hypocrisy At Its Finest

As many of you already know, the confirmation hearings of John Roberts has started. I have been fortunate enough, through the internet, to be able to listen to most (and watch a little) of the hearings live. For the most part it has been fairly predictable: the liberal senators trying to pick holes into him but failing, and Roberts staying away from answering certain questions. I am also especially pleased that I had taken certain law classes with a wonderful professor because I was able to understand practically everything that was being said. Now there were a few instances where certain senators went overboard trying to ridicule Roberts but none were nearly as bad as one.

That would be Senator Joseph Biden (D-Deleware). If any of you do not know who the man is, I am very envious of you. It wasn't so much the questions he was asking but the ways in which he did and why. It became clear over the past 2 days that Biden wasn't asking these questions as to stump Roberts but for his own personal image. There is now not a doubt in my mind that he will seek the presidential nomination for the Democrats.

He had this arrogant air around him in which his questions were entitled to be answered and how dare Roberts try not to answer them. Biden said the American people had a right to know everything about what he would do, just like him and his fellow senators. Roberts countered by saying that congressman are elected by the people and they had a right to know while he would be appointed and should not be swayed by public opinion but should judge according to the law (and not make laws, which is the job of the legislative branch). He ended his questioning of Roberts by saying how upset he was that his questions were not answered, how other senators should be wary to vote for him, and how, if Roberts could not answer all the questions, he could not vote him into the Supreme Court.

The next senator in line for questioning was Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ). He began his questioning by stating just how many questions had been asked (somewhere around 150) andhow Roberts had been more forthcoming than any person he has known. He then stated how Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been appointed even though she answered far fewer questions than Roberts. He said that a certain senator said it best by quoting him from the last hearings, “Judge, . . . you not only have a right to choose what you will answer and not answer, but in my view you should not answer a question of what your view will be on an issue that clearly is going to come before the Court in 50 different forms, probably.” Senator Kyl then turned to Biden and said that he should appreciate Roberts following that quote since it was Biden who had said that to Ginsburg.

Now, fortunately for me, I was watching the hearing at the time and caught the look on Biden's face. It is something that I will never forget and it had completely made my week. Kyl then ended his questioning early by saying that Roberts has been asked enough and gave his extra time to Biden as to comment on the previous quote. Biden then backtracked and said that all of his questions from Ginsburg were not answered that he wanted. And when pushed, said that he stuck by his initial position that he could not vote for someone who did not answer all his questions.

Now a real good question for him is why, then, if Ginsburg did not answer all his questions and, in his heart, he could not vote for someone who was reluctant to answer any question, did he end up voting for Ginsburg? Ah, I love it when people get caught with their foot in their mouth (especially when its more than once within minutes of eachother).


At 2:05 PM, Blogger coiledrose said...

Very well put. Wish I could have been there to see the look on his face!

At 11:10 PM, Blogger walterkline02068889 said...

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At 10:36 AM, Anonymous -McG said...

Great post, MikeE. You have been doing some nice stuff here, keep up the good work!!!

Maybe you could do a post on pickles. ;-)

At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Over 40 said...

I am a random blog reader and enjoyed your post on the hearings. Oh if only our liberal press would reveal these details. The general public has no idea of how biased thier news is.


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