A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, January 12, 2006

But then he would lose time listening to himself talk!

AP: Sen. Biden Suggests Scrapping Hearings---

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominees are so mum about the major legal issues at their Senate confirmation hearings that the hearings serve little purpose and should probably be abandoned, Democratic Sen. Joe Biden said Thursday.

"Nominees now, Democrat and Republican nominees, come before the United States Congress and resolve not to let the people know what they think about the important issues," such as a president's authority to go to war, said Biden.

As the committee headed into its fourth day of hearings on the Alito nomination, Biden told NBC's "Today" show that a better solution might be to skip hearings and send nominations straight to the Senate floor for a vote.

"Just go to the Senate floor and debate the nominee's statements," the Delaware senator said, "instead of this game."
That would be nice if the Dems actually let any Republican nominations get to the floor for a vote. And then we wouldn't have to listen to the Dems repeatedly abuse and malign nominees and their families (not to mention not having to listen to their conceited, pompous, self-congratulatory monologues).

And, further, I thought judges were supposed to be non-partisan and not have opinions. It makes more sense. The Libs just want the Republican nominated people to give their opinions so that the Libs can say "See, he's not good for the Supreme Court." At the same time, they think Liberal wackos like Ginsburg and company are perfectly reasonable and right.