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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Circus And The Pledge

Watching and listening to the Alito hearings is like watching the Washington, DC version of the Cirque de Soleil, with Senate performers attempting to convince an audience they really can do the impossible. Despite Alito's reputation and glowing endorsement from the Bar Association, the great minds on Capital Hill believe they can turn a silk purse into a sow.

Only in Washington can such bizarre behavior be considered 'business as usual'.

The only difference between the Washington circus troupe and the performers in Las Vegas is the the shape of the acrobats. In Washington, the players are fat, out of shape and out of breath. Notwithstanding that, Senate Democrats want you to believe that Samuel Alito is a threat to the American way of life.

Just how do they expect to do that? Well, mostly by spending more time pontificating and less time asking relevant questions. It's as if each fat, out of shape player dons new tights in a different color, with each round of questioning- and on national TV, insists on yelling out, 'Look at me!' Their attempts to demonize and marginalize Samuel Alito is like watching watching a 400 lb fat man in tights trying to squeeze into medium size pants. The exercise is absurd to everyone, except the fat man who really believes he can squeeze into the pants and no one will notice his real size.

No one has asked Mr Alito the really important questions. Instead, outright falsehoods are presented as facts and facts are turned into conjecture.

No one has asked Mr Alito what the Constitution really means to him and every American.

No one has asked Mr Alito about his vision of the future of America.

No one has asked Mr Alito about his view on American culture, past present and future.

Those questions would provide the country with a better insight into Mr Alito and his beliefs than any question posed so far by the Senate.

As for Senator Kennedy's obsession with pledges, as they regard a case long since dispensed with, in a case in which every ethics expert absolves Mr Alito, it is, 'much ado about nothing'. Perhaps Mr Kennedy would do well to remember his own pledges, to uphold the law and standards of decency.

There are no time limits on those pledges, either.