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Monday, January 09, 2006

Alito Way To Go

Judge Alito introducing his friends, legal counsel and family to the panel

But at least the Confirmation Hearings have started.

Go to Ann Althouse for the best Alito coverage. I'll concentrate on the colour analysis.

Scroll down for the two other blogspots of Monday: You Think You Got Problems and Eureka!

UPDATE: 3 hours later, and they're still at it. I don't think I could hack this vetting process, myself. Fancy me sitting for 3 hours plus in front of a group of dour men, as they harangued you about yourself. Oops, that's the high school disciplinary board meeting, isn't it? Been there, done that.

Having plumped myself down for colour analysis, I'll just mention then that the Judge is tastefully, but unremarkedly arrayed with a black two-piece suit, which looks off the peg, a white shirt (which looks worn, not freshly-bought for the purpose), and a solid unremarkable red tie.

He screams conservative. He done good.

By the way, Senator Kennedy seems to have lost a good 20 lbs at least, since last I saw him at the Roberts Hearings.

More later.

7 Comments:

  • Thank you, I'll try to catch some of it but read you more. It's a lot more interesting here.
    I was watching the History Channel last night about Henry The Eighth and he had his long term wife of 20 years put on trial to prove whether she was a virgin at marriage or not.
    This has to be about the same.
    I hope not.
    I hope he doesn't have to answer that question.

    By Blogger Paul, at Mon Jan 09, 03:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My mind would surely drift as they asked questions which were ten minutes long. I'm afraid I'd have to ask them to repeat. Or fall asleep.

    By Blogger Paul, at Mon Jan 09, 08:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thank you, I'll try to catch some of it but read you more. It's a lot more interesting here.

    Nah. Over at Ann's, although as she said, today was just posing day.

    I was watching the History Channel last night about Henry The Eighth

    Me too!

    Or was it the TLC channel? I forget.

    I remember thinking what an odd coincidence it was, because my local PBS channel (Ch. 2) had on the Helena Bonham-Carter version of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn.

    An odd little themed night.

    and he had his long term wife of 20 years put on trial to prove whether she was a virgin at marriage or not.

    It all lies on the fact that Prince Arthur, the King's older brother who died, had said of his wedding night to Catherine, "I have been deep in Spain tonight!".

    Catherine claimed that was nothing but a young man's boast, since the wedding night was unconsummated.

    This has to be about the same.
    I hope not.
    I hope he doesn't have to answer that question.


    Sure he will! ;)

    Paul continued:

    My mind would surely drift as they asked questions which were ten minutes long. I'm afraid I'd have to ask them to repeat. Or fall asleep.

    That's what we all say.

    I tell you, what Judge Alito, and Judge Roberts went through these past few times, would've tried the patience of a saint.

    I wonder if he is coached to look that sedate, because his face was set to such an expression, that surely, it couldn't have been just by personal willpower.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Jan 10, 12:50:00 am GMT-5  

  • Well, I'll have to read about it some more tomorrow. Jury Duty.

    Alito will be confirmed, but I am concerned about what will happen to our freedoms and civil liberties when he is.

    My biggest concern about the conservative viewpoint of 'Constitutional Constructionism' is that they seem to say that if it isn't written in the Constitution, then it isn't a right. But the Founding Fathers foresaw this when they wrote the

    IX amendment:

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    Now, no one ever asks conservatives what are some of the rights they believe are covered here. In particular, since they are always saying that there is no Constitutional right to privacy, then why is that not included (especially since the thrust of the IV amendment seems to suggest that there is a right to privacy, and the Founding Fathers had much, much more of it than we have today.)

    Oh, and victoria (in response to a comment on another thread): CHT is a right-of-center blog with a divergence of viewpoints. That's one reason I like it (also why I like Ann's blog).

    Something that disturbs me is that I see people on the left side who wake up, watch CNN for the news, visit only left leaning blogs, listen to Air America and then read their newsletter from Move-On and go to bed. Then I see people on the right, who wake up, watch Fox News, visit only right leaning blogs, listen to Rush, then read their newsletter from the Cato institute and go to bed. This further polarizes the country-- each is in their own little cocoon, only listening to what they believe anyway, never worry about getting challenged by a stray thought, and start to see everything in black and white. So I go places like here because I don't want to be a part of it. Plus, I like your blog. And you are right, it's nice to disagree without being uncivil.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Tue Jan 10, 01:06:00 am GMT-5  

  • Nah. Over at Ann's, although as she said, today was just posing day.

    I don't feel welcome over there anymore.

    Or fall asleep.

    Except when Kennedy's speaking, then I'd like to push Massachusetts' into the sea.

    By Blogger Paul, at Tue Jan 10, 11:46:00 am GMT-5  

  • Oh, and victoria (in response to a comment on another thread): CHT is a right-of-center blog with a divergence of viewpoints. That's one reason I like it (also why I like Ann's blog).

    And I hope mine. :)

    Something that disturbs me is that I see people on the left side who wake up, watch CNN for the news, visit only left leaning blogs, listen to Air America and then read their newsletter from Move-On and go to bed. Then I see people on the right, who wake up, watch Fox News, visit only right leaning blogs, listen to Rush, then read their newsletter from the Cato institute and go to bed. This further polarizes the country-- each is in their own little cocoon, only listening to what they believe anyway, never worry about getting challenged by a stray thought, and start to see everything in black and white. So I go places like here because I don't want to be a part of it. Plus, I like your blog. And you are right, it's nice to disagree without being uncivil.

    I think a lot of that has to do with one's personal level of frustration.

    The more frustrated you are that your ideas are not being acted on, to shape the country's future, the more visceral your attacks on the other side will be.

    Each side has exhibited since the time of Nixon, so no one can claim that one side is more vicious than the other.

    But if you'll allow me the mention, I think it's our friends on the left who are most often associated with that, as there have been more Republican presidents than Democratic presidents, since 1968.

    Me, Eli, I am not a moderate. I have conviction enough to say I am conservative.

    It's my personality which saves me from being a radical or reactionary.

    I am, by nature, more moderate than not, and absolutely hate fanatics of any stripe.

    This is perhaps what I share with you, regarding what you said of some you observe, just surround themselves in a daily cocoon of like-minded thinkers.

    That's boring.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Jan 10, 08:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I don't feel welcome over there anymore.

    Well you must have your reasons, Paul.

    Or fall asleep.

    Except when Kennedy's speaking, then I'd like to push Massachusetts' into the sea.


    I am used to his schtick by now, so I am not annoyed at a rich playboy playing at being a man of the people.

    Ditto for Joe Biden, whose appearances in these Senate Hearings are close to embarrassing.

    Actually, I am much more irritated by Chuck Schumer, but even then, it's not visceral.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Jan 10, 08:59:00 pm GMT-5  

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