All Over But Biden Shouting

I’ve been in and out of the office today, and away from the TV for part of the day, so I’ve only checked in with Roberts testimony intermittently, but it doesn’t look like anything earth-shattering is happening.

First things first. The Dems all walked in at 10 a.m., a full hour after the hearings started. We thought they might have already thrown in the towel, but they showed up. Maybe they were getting yelled at by all the interest groups?

My co-worker Tim heard that Dems are getting chided for their easy questioning of Roberts today, and that Schumer was overheard saying Roberts will get 70 votes.

Ankle Biting Pundits figured out, scientifically, just how much the senators love the sound of their own voices. Hee hee.

Biden was angry and snide again today, and once again outdid Kennedy, who by some accounts was “cordial.” Jonah Goldberg captures Biden’s tone:

The man loves his voice so much, you’d expect him to be following it around in a grey Buick, in defiance of restraining order, as it walks home from school. He seems to think his teeth are some kind of hypnotic punctuation marks which can momentarily disorient the listener and absolve him from any of Western civilization’s usual imperatives to stop talking. …”which brings to mind Brown V. Board of Ed which most people don’t understand because [TEETH FLASH] he taught Brown in his law school course and [TEETH FLASH] Mr. Chairman I’m going to get right to it and besides these aren’t the droids you’re looking for….”

The teeth flash, employed more often today than yesterday, was especially creepy. It’s kind of a “how-do-you-like-me-now” smile, giving him some time to stand back and look at the rhetorical havoc he thinks he’s reaked until Roberts smacks him down with a clear answer. I guess he’s angling for blog backing in ’08. If so, the tapes of this performance could be very persuasive for the angry BDS-ers over at the Kos, but probably not for the American swing voter.

In the end, any American who’s watching this will probably wonder by Day 3 why more of their senators don’t act and sound like John Roberts. He’s come off as a class act who clearly loves the law and does a great job of explaining complex issues when given time to talk by his inquisitors.

The best sign that this is all over but the shouting? All the cable networks have switched to Ophelia coverage. (Everyone in NC take care!) We’re watching Roberts on PBS.

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