It's been 25 minutes at this point. So far, we've heard from a couple of senators who apparently like to hear the sound of their own voice. Oh, and they really like to explain the obvious (each one of them) and tell the nominee how she should do her job.
And I think I heard them mention they were going to have to preempt some question time tomorrow to have some more opening statements.
And the only idiots worse than the Senators is the screaming protestors (got one in the first hour already).
Either way, it's boring fucking television. If it were me up there, I'd say, "Read your shit statements; then call me in lest we have to stop to mop vomit."
And on that note:
Now before you either cheer or sneer, let me explain why. It's not because of her jurisprudence, because that's going to be mentioned somewhere in the hearings (and then I'll grill her on substance). It's because she has to sit in front of a bunch of sanctimonious pricks and listen to them vomit shit for hours upon end, all in the name of "assessing" her credentials and suitability for the position of Supreme Court Justice.
Because, except at the local level, judges are not elected officials. They are supposed to advance on merit, and on sound philosophy. It should not degenerate into a political bitch fight.
But it will, of course. Although it's likely that this hearing will degenerate, it probably won't be the worst. The worst I can remember (and I'm a relative young'n' compared to many of my readers) was the nomination of Justice Thomas, which degenerated into a sexual harassment debate (pubic hairs on a Coke can and Long Dong Silver should have never become a part of any discussion at this point). Having dealt with the "guilty until proven innocent" attitude that prevailed at the time myself, bullshit is not nearly a strong enough term.
And the fight over Sotomayor has been going on since the moment she was nominated (with or without all the facts). Hell, it made news when she blew out an ankle (Hillary Clinton only got a mention because it was a week after Sotomayor's stumble)
But now, the public opinion argument gives way to the inherent asshattery of the Senate hearing. So for subjecting herself to this kangaroo court/handjob session that masquerades as a quest for fact and assessment, the next Supreme Court justice deserves some honest mockery (as opposed to Proclamations of the Pompous).