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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Joe Biden's Kibuki Theater

BIDEN: See, you've told me nothing, Judge.

With all due respect, you've not -- look, it's kind of interesting, this Kabuki dance we have in these hearings here, as if the public doesn't have a right to know what you think about fundamental issues facing them.

There's no more possibility that anyone one of us here would be elected to the United States Senate without expressing broadly and sometimes specifically to our public what it is we believe.

The idea that the founders sat there and said, Look, here's what we're going to do: We're going to require the two elected branches to answer questions of the public with no presumption they should have the job as senator, president or congressman. But guess what? We're going to have a third co-equal branch of government that gets to be there for life; never, ever again to be able to be asked the question they don't want to answer. And you know what? He doesn't have to tell us anything. It's OK, as long as he is -- as you are -- a decent, bright, honorable man, that's all we need to know. That's all we need to know.

From here (aside: some news organization, please post transcripts of the whole hearing in one place).

I agree with Joe Biden, for once. This entire hearing is farcical--as if John Roberts had never thought about the contitutional controversies of our day and come up with positions on some of them. The whole reason John Roberts is the nominee is that Bush thinks he's conservative. Exactly how conservative is John Roberts though? Is he so far to the right that he would be an unacceptable choice? He isn't willing to let us know.

But whatever, he's only going through the confirmation process to lead the highest court in the land for the next three decades, it's not like his positions on the issues will have any impact on American society, right? Joe Biden must be doing this only because he wants to be president, thanks for the explanation Fox News.