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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

What's the Point??

Based on the snippets of the Alito hearing that I've watched or read about, I've learned that SCOTUS nominees must not comment on
  • Issues that might come before the Court
  • Issues that have come before the Court
  • Issues related to hypothetical situations in which all details have not been specified
Which leaves.....NOTHING. So what, in fact, is the point of having hearings?

Of course, nominees including Alito disregard each of the three proscribed sorts of issues listed above. It is bizarre that the JC allows them to then appeal at will to their choice of these three excuses when they desire. (Actually, I recall hearing that Scalia wouldn't even comment on Marbury v. Madison. So at least he was consistent.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abraham Lincoln said "We cannot ask a man what he will do (on the court), and if we should, and he should answer us, we should despise him for it."

So, let me add to your question: Why do the senators insist on asking questions that, if he answered, he would be "despised" for?

2/01/2006 5:10 PM  

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