Thursday, January 12, 2006

Sen. Schumer and the Alito Hearings 

For a long time now, every time I see Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on TV I'm reminded of Snoopy in the "Peanuts" strip sitting on top of his doghouse and fantasizing about being a vulture. I think it must be the Senator's posture--he seems always to have his shoulders hunched and his face thrust forward, as he peers over his glasses apparently looking for some carrion to devour.

I haven't been glued to the TV during the Alito confirmation hearings; I've tuned in and gotten snippets of Teddy Kennedy, Arlen Specter, Schumer, Dick Durbin, John Cornyn and Pat Leahy doing their thing. By some stroke of luck I haven't tuned in while Sen. Biden was holding forth. Anyway, my impression of Sen. Schumer as a caricature of a buzzard has been strengthened by his demeanor during the hearings. He's been acting like a vulture suddenly required by circumstances to actually go out and kill something, and it hasn't been pretty. Like Peggy Noonan, I am left wondering how Judge Alito is able to sit through it all without either breaking into hysterical laughter or responding to the Senators' questions with all the snarkiness they deserve.

Hey Exrat,
I like your post on the Alito hearings. I watched them too, and was floored by how awful the demorats were. I was however thoroughly impressed with Jeff Sessions, among others, in their support for Judge Alito. Hope all is well, and thank you for editing my resume.
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