9.14.2005

"Who says politics is boring!"

In case you missed the first day of the Roberts confirmation hearings, among the the critically important issues raised included this question from Chuck Schumer, the senator from New York:

"So my question is not the substance, but do you regret the tone of these memos, do you regret some of the inartful phrases you used in some of those memos, for instance, a reference to 'illegal amigos' in one memo?"

Are you kidding me?! Are there not questions of greater substance for the man nominated for the highest court of the land? And, this from the same people who challenged attacks on Bill Clinton's "inhaling" and, later, his extracurricular activities in the Oval Office. These are the same ones concerned about the use of "illegal amigos" in one memo?! That's hilarious.

Biden also showed off some of his brilliant oratorical skill. He drew on Roberts' baseball analogy. (Yesterday, Roberts compared judges to umpires in a baseball game: calling the plays as they see them. Not making rules.) He made reference to how everyone who understands baseball knows that "Rule #2" in baseball defines the strike zone. He then proceeded to misrepresent that zone. I don't know much about baseball and the strike zone. But,
Hugh Hewitt and Radio Blogger make it clear that Biden's definition was really off. How pathetic!

All the analysts and pundits predicted that Roberts would hold his own and would fare very well in the confirmation process. What no one predicted was the entertainment value of the opposition. Who needs Comedy Central when you've got Schumer and Biden!

I don't have any poignant statement to make. I'm just writing to say what I often hear when I listen to
Laura Ingraham: "Who says politics is boring!"

18 Comments:

At 9/14/2005 06:02:00 AM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I wonder if these guys ever take the time to turn on the tube and watch themselves bloviate, and suddenly realize, "Wow...I really came across as a self-important a--hole, didn't I?"

 
At 9/14/2005 06:08:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

sqqpdWell howdy ,woman,found you through the blogs.This country boy would like to crosslink, I run the Barnyard www.goatsbarnyard.blogspot.com.I am selling nothing,just conservatism and building those grassroots

 
At 9/14/2005 10:05:00 AM, Blogger mlwhitt said...

Schumer and Biden are total idiots, how anyone thought they were worthy of being senators is beyond me.

Oh I loved Roberts Umpire quote, that was the best. Bet a lot of Judges didn't like that one though.

 
At 9/14/2005 12:41:00 PM, Anonymous David said...

If you want to hear something really funny, you all should listen to George W. Bush trying to answer questions at a press conference. He does well with prepared speeches that he can read off a teleprompter, but when he starts trying to wing it, watch out. His mangling of the "Fool me once" line is a classic.

 
At 9/14/2005 12:55:00 PM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

Personally, I think the whole process is a joke. The nominee has been coached to the hilt to give the acceptable answers, and both Democrats and Republicans will try to get their face time and push their agenda, and the probative nature of the questioning will be negligible. I admit that I don't think Schumer is the brightest bulb on the tree, and I'm not much of a Biden fan. But if you choose quotes selectively, you'll find something stupid from whichever member of that committee you want. After this process is over, if you truly know anything more about Roberts and how he will handle the job, I'll buy you a Tim Hortons doughnut.

 
At 9/14/2005 06:17:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

well, Jay. I know more about Roberts now then I did. Before the hearings started I didn't know anything of him.

But now that I've heard him answer the incendiary questions of Democracy hating Communists like Biden and Kennedy, I now know he's smarter than all the Democrats in the United States Legislature combined.

 
At 9/14/2005 06:19:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

By the way, Lores, Good job getting Goat to blogroll you. As far as I know, he hasn't even visited my place, much less blogrolled me.

 
At 9/14/2005 11:26:00 PM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

the incendiary questions of Democracy hating Communists like Biden and Kennedy

Mark, I'm sure that even you can see the irony.

 
At 9/15/2005 12:14:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

Boring? Never!! --> In fact it's the best.

That said, there are always some true examples of brilliance in these events, and CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS had a great one yesterday. --> That title sounds great doesn't it.

"Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules. They apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ball game to see the umpire...I will remember it is my job to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat."

 
At 9/15/2005 01:34:00 AM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

Pero,
The baseball quote is a brilliant soundbite, but not necessarily a perfect analogy. Baseball umpires make clear-cut, binary calls - safe or out, ball or stirke. Little is open to interpretation. A better analogy for a judge is a basketball or football referee. When the two basketball players collided, was it a charge, a block, or no foul at all? Every football referee knows that holding is against the rules, but was that last play a hold or a borderline-legal block? These things are subjective, and so is the law. If you want to go back to baseball, remember thirty years ago when the strike zone was said to be higher in the American League because AL umpires were still using the outside chest protectors and didn't crouch down as low as their NL counterparts? Perspective makes a difference.

 
At 9/15/2005 01:48:00 AM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I've kept up with it as much as I can these past few days. From what I've seen, Roberts is having no problem at all answering the questions with intelligence and patience.
I'm certain he will be confirmed. I hope he gets a large number of Dem votes. It would be nice if the Dems gave him a large majority much like the Reps gave to Ginsberg.

 
At 9/15/2005 02:40:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

No Jay, I don't see the irony. Are you saying Kennedy and Biden aren't communists? Perhaps you could enlighten me.

 
At 9/15/2005 03:09:00 AM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

You can't ask someone to prove a negative, Mark. You need to enlighten me both on how they are Communists AND "Democracy hating". If you have no such evidence, then those descriptions are simply incendiary labelling of people with whom you disagree.

 
At 9/15/2005 03:24:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

I see a few friends here as well. its like bermuda grass,great lawn, once its in place it takes over which is why we set up barriors and balances so gardens may also floursh. Oh and welcome to the Barnyard, Just a Woman

 
At 9/15/2005 05:08:00 AM, Blogger Mary said...

Hi, Lores!

Roberts is really putting the Dems to shame.

He's being so polite in the face of their idiocy.

Talk about having half his brain tied behind his back to make it fair!

Kennedy and Biden and Leahy, etc., are no match for Roberts.

Their combined gray matter couldn't successfully take on the legal mind of Roberts.

 
At 9/15/2005 05:11:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

Thanks for the link.

 
At 9/15/2005 05:22:00 AM, Anonymous Kelly said...

Yep, sure was entertaining. Senators Schumer, Biden, Feingold, Feinstein, and Kennedy gave it their best shot. But to be honest, I think Judge Roberts made them look silly one by one. I like the guy and I think he'll do a fine job. There was a lot of political posturing from both sides...that was a bore. How Judge Roberts is able to keep a straight face throughout 18+ hours of questioning is beyond me! Welcome to our next Chief Justice.

 
At 9/15/2005 06:28:00 PM, Anonymous michele rayner said...

Hi Lores!!! It has been a longtime since I last posted. I have been watching increments and I must agree...Politics is definately NOT boring. I have laughed out loud so many times. Pure comdey. Either way...I will talk to you soon!!!

 

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