Friday, January 13, 2006

Saved by the Bell?

Proving once again that one should never underestimate the power of those who decide the powers the President will have, the executive branch was discussed in great detail during this morning's hearings. Not unlike junior high school students giving oral reports, the witnesses talked at length with attempts at sweeping rhetoric and minimal references to their colleagues.

After Alito colleagues and foes alike had taken the stand, and some lackluster testimony by a former Justice Department official who said that the nominee considered "the President...above the law in the areas of foreign affairs," Lawrence Tribe himself took to the stand, for obvious reasons, as the day's final witness. Not surprisingly, the lefty law prof hammered vigorously at the nominee's views on Roe vs. Wade. Tribe finished with an exclamation."He's not even willing to indicate... that he believes that the court has a special role in protecting intimate personal liberties!"

With public sentiment already resigned to, if not swung in favor of, Alito's confirmations, the proceedings must have had the air of a school day in June: everyone counting the minutes until the bell rings for the last time. Even Tribe's virulence had the tone of tying up lose ends. It seems unlikely that Alito's views on Casey will be the tipping point; few senators would risk tautology by harping on a case most of their constituents haven't heard of(or, for your inner grammarian, of which they haven't heard). Class dismissed, boys and girls. (bangs gavel)


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