Big Bag Of Nothing

The confirmation hearings over Supreme Court nominee John Roberts provide little, if any, interest to me. It's a time for grand standing and sound bits from Senators. It's a time for vague but intellectually honest answers from Roberts. Nothing will be learned, and no Senator will change the way he intends to vote as of today. Oh, for the days of Anita Hill. ------------------------- Edit & Update from Slate scorecard below:
  • Senators acknowledging that Roberts is really, really smart: 18
  • Republicans ranting about judicial activists: 7
  • Republican Senators exhorting Roberts not to answer any questions more complicated than Roberts' choice of hair-care products: 6
  • Senators referring to God and/or angels: 5 (Three of them Democrats)
  • Senators offering grim estimates of John Roberts' extraordinary life expectancy: 4 (ranging from 25 to 40 years)
  • Senators fretting about the constitutionality of microscopic tags that can be implanted in a person's body to track his every movement: 1 (Joe Biden, D-Del.)
  • Senators referring to court decisions that limit congressional powers:4
  • Senators referring to pregnancy, abortion, or choice: 5
  • Senators referring to the failure of federalism and Katrina: 2 (Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.)
  • Senators who cry: 1 (Tom Coburn, R-Okla.)