Tarry for the Nonce

September 14, 2005


Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 4:14 pm

Are the John Roberts confirmation hearings really so drab?

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) made 49 first-person references in a 10-minute statement that was, ostensibly, not about himself.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) showed exceptional emotional versatility, working a crossword puzzle during the hearing and then choking back a sob while making a prosaic statement about partisanship . . .

Outside the Russell Senate Office Building at 11 a.m., a grand total of 21 people demonstrated against Roberts, chanting: “Two-four-six-eight, separation of church and state!” . . .

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), opening the hearing, called the confirmation “perhaps the biggest challenge of the decade.” But at times it appeared to be a swearing-in ceremony. Before the hearing, [Edward M.] Kennedy shook the hand of Jane Roberts and said to the nominee’s wife, “Congratulations” . . .

Roberts sat still, shoulders slightly rounded, moving his head thoughtfully from side to side, and keeping a polite gaze on each speaking senator; after three hours of this, the nominee shamed the lawmakers with a brief speech blending jurisprudence and the national pastime. “I will remember that it’s my job to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat,” he said.

Well, um, “huzzah” – of course – but c’mon, Democrats, where are the fireworks?


1 Comment

  1. but c’mon, Democrats, where are the fireworks?

    They’re saving it for the next nominee.


    Comment by janice — September 14, 2005 @ 4:36 pm

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