Now, I confess, I am one of those persons who love watching things that get me riled up. Just as I did recently with some of the officiating at the Rose Bowl game ("incomplete" my eye!), I enjoy screaming at the television set at those whom I consider Blithering Idiots (who occasionally rise to the level of Complete Moron) when they say or do certain things.
I don't think the Senate questioning on Alito would let me down. Already, I have been treated to absolute gems of statements that make me want to throw a dirty sock at the speaker (my son's Nerf gun is also a favorite tool):
"Every nominee has used the same empty platitude, they will follow the rule of law as a judge." Chuck Schumer, D-NY
Every nominee says it because it is the requirement of a judge. The next time you say you'll be the voice of your constituents, remind me to write it off as a platitude.
"I'm gravely concerned by Judge Alito's clear record of support for vast,
presidential authority, unchecked by the other two branches of government in decision after decision." Ted Kennedy, D-MA
I think everyone should take their brother with less than a decade of legal experience and make him US Attorney General. Okay, to be fair, Bush made a huge gaffe putting a horse judge in charge of FEMA.
"As a government lawyer, you write that you personally believe very strongly the Constitution does not protect the right to an abortion. Justice O'Connor was the critical fifth vote to protect our right of privacy. We want to know whether you will be that vote as well." Richard Durbin, D-IL
Aren't they gonna offer him the Ginsburg Defense? You know, it would be unseemly for a judge to say how he (or she, in the case of Ruth Ginsburg) wouild vote on a case before the evidence is even presented before them?
"In an era where the White House is abusing power, is excusing and authorizing torture and is spying on American citizens, I find Judge Alito's support for an all-powerful executive branch to be genuinely troubling." Ted "There You Go Again" Kennedy, D-MA
The word "era" implies a long period of time, so I guess he's counting the years of the Clinton Administration in there as well. Right, Ted? That's what I love about Ted Kennedy - he's never met hyperbole that he didn't like. Hey, Ted, didya send a Christmas card to the Kopechnes this year?
I am waiting for my august senators from California - Mesdames Boxer and Feinstein - to weigh in. They are always know for their restraint. I know they won't disappoint.