Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Confirmation Circus

The circus is coming! It promises to be an epic production of pathos, drama, slap-stick and stupidity.

The big top tent has not yet been raised, but the side shows have already started. Listen to the spiels of the charlatans, magicians, snake-oil peddlers, street corner evangelists, lobbyists, talking heads and assorted other experts. "Yowsah, yowsah, step right up ladies and gentlemen, see the two-headed baby, the gorilla with three legs, the strong man and the bearded lady!"

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, "never has so much been said by so many about so little." The so-called battleground today swirls around the word empathy. It is a shame so many of the talking-heads have not bothered to look up the definition of the word. Do they really think a judge can operate in a vacuum, totally without empathy? That is big-time stupid.

But the real show is yet to come. At the actual hearings, we will once again see" (1) Senators who fall in love with any TV camera they see; and (2) Senators who cannot understand that any judge worth the title is not going to say how he/she will rule without hearing the facts of the case.

It is a circus, totally useless, expensive and time consuming. But that's the way we do things. Often not too smart, but at least entertaining.

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