If I didn’t have papers due on Thursday for my graduate program, I might sit here at the computer all day while watching the Alito hearings live on TV and “live-blog” my thoughts. As I was beginning the day, I had the misfortune to flip on the news while Senator Kennedy was haranguing the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Whenever the Senator twisted his angry words into a question and paused to catch a breath long enough to give Judge Alito a chance to respond, that good started to reply, offering an encyclopedic knowledge of relevant case law as he clarified the facts of the case which the Massachusetts Senator had distorted.
Before Alito could complete his remarks, however, this doddering Democrat would start up again. It doesn’t seem that he’s as interested in learning Alito’s opinions as he is in posturing for the press and his liberal base. That said, Ed Whelan (at National Review Online’s Bench Memos) thinks Alito is “easily” handling some of Kennedy’s questions.
I’m not quite sure who Senator Kennedy thinks his audience is. Maybe he’s trying to relive the glory days of the Bork hearings when he smeared that sage jurist before even meeting him and asking for clarification of his past statements and judicial opinions. Maybe he thinks his words would find resonance with the American people today as they did then.
Then, as now, Kennedy prefers left-wing slogans to actual facts. Today, he misrepresented Judge Alito’s record and distorted President Bush’s as well, claiming that the president circumvented Congress to sanction torture. That notion comes from left-wing web-sites and others afflicted with Bush Derangement Syndrome since every bi-partisan study (including the Independent Panel to Review DOD Detention Operations AKA the Schlesinger Commission) has cleared the Administration of authorizing torture.
In the end, Senator Kennedy’s harangue is just another example of a liberal not letting facts get in the way of his attacks on a conservative. So, I guess I won’t miss all that much in missing the hearings to write about how the West African trickster god Legba became crippled in Haitian Vodoun.