Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tit for Tat or Gimme Some o Dat


The Green Bay Press Gazette pleads for a dignified hearing for Sonya Sotomayor, President Obama's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. Well I have to agree with them. In fact I believe that every person who comes in front of any governmental group deserves to be treated with respect.

What got me interested in politics were the Iran-Contra Hearings and Bork hearings. The treatment of the Democrats toward Oliver North and Judge Bork were less than dignified or respectful. On one side of the desks we had blow hards and mumblers and stumblers like Sen Ted Kennedy spitting outrages statements at Olive North and he, looking them straight in the eye answering them without being intimidated was a turning point for me.

Then the newly quafed Joe Biden was an absolute putz. His running of the hearings, his righteous blow-hard-ness, and demeanor were striking. Those hearings, by many accounts, were the beginnings of the current state of ugliness in the confirmation process. I think the advent of cable TV and CSPAN also helped.

What I'd also hope would happen is that tough legal question will not be touted by the media as personal bashing, and this is probably the larger potential problem in this process.

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