The thing is, the hearings are so obviously a Kabuki dance that I just can't get excited about any of the details. Is there anyone who seriously thinks that Roberts will sustain any damage during the hearings or that he won't sail through confirmation?I know that sounds very jaded but I don't think Kevin is wrong. The fact is, Roberts just has to hold his own and he's in. He really doesn't have to be all that forthcoming and it's in his interest not to be. Dahlia Lithwick writing over at Slate puts it best:
At this point I think it's all for show, but I'll open it up for comments in case someone disagrees. Can anyone provide a plausible argument that there's even a tiny chance of Roberts not getting confirmed?
[Roberts] completely understands that he needs only to sit very quietly, head cocked to signal listening-ness, while senator after senator offers long discursive rambling speeches. Only when he's perfectly certain that a question has been asked does he offer a reply; usually cogent and spare. Here's a man long accustomed to answering really hard questions from extremely smart people, suddenly faced with the almost-harder task of answering obvious questions from less-smart people. He finds himself standing in a batting cage with the pitching machine set way too slow.I'm sure I'll loathe many of Chief Justice Roberts' decisions but I don't think there is a practical way to stop his confirmation given the general lack of political will (and ability) on the part of the only opposition party we have -the Democrats. So excuse me if I don't piddle away any more of my valuable time on these hearings.