Brutally Honest Audio Rant: How the Dems Fumbled On Alito
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(Music intro – "American Idiot Remix" – by Green Day and David Matthews 2)
Good evening, and welcome to this week’s Brutally Honest Rant. I’m David Matthews 2, writer of the weekly online column Brutally Honest.
I’m going to start off with a little confession… I am guilty of over-thinking.
It’s true. In fact, it’s a part of the reason why my social life has been abysmal. I see a beautiful woman and I will over-think about how she sees me. Most guys will simply work on instinct and ask her out, even if they know they don’t stand a chance with her. Me? I’ll go over every possible outcome in my mind, from the realistic to the absolute horrific. I’ll mentally envision everything from her publicly belittling me and laughing at my shortcomings to her walking down the isle with me and bearing my children. And by the time I even get around to asking her out, she’s already deduced that I wasn’t interested in her because I didn’t step up when I needed to.
That’s what over-thinking does, folks. It actually paralyses you from doing what needs to be done.
You know who also has this problem? The Democrats in Congress. Especially in the US Senate!
Every time there is a judicial nomination, the Dems are talking about how they’re going to raise holy hell if that nomination is even the least bit conservative. Oh, they’re going to RAISE THE ROOF! They’re going to lay into that nomination at the confirmation hearings. They’re going to press that nominee HARD on their previous stances and why they decided cases the way they did and make sure that EVERY "I" is dotted and EVERY "T" is crossed. And if they don’t like what they hear, then they’re going to filibuster the whole damned thing and shut the process DOWN if they have to!
BUT… when the time comes… it just… doesn’t happen! They waffle. They wimp out. They ask the occasional hard question, but more often than naught the nominee is already prepared for that hard question with a soft answer that the Dems simply let slide. And then, when the time comes for a vote, the Dems simply let this nominee go through.
In fact, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware made the comment that the confirmation hearings are pretty much useless because the nominees are often so well prepared for them that they don’t produce anything substantial. The nominee will give some soft answer to even the most controversial of positions to give the illusion of being fair and impartial.
Well I have a simple question to the career politician from Delaware about these so-called "useless" hearings…
Why did YOU let them become useless?
I mean, folks, let’s get brutally honest here… if the Democrats want to complain about how these confirmation hearings have become meaningless circus acts for the air-fluffed sound byte media, they have nobody to blame for this but themselves! THEY’RE the ones who made it such!
Whatever happened to all of that talk about "raising the roof" and stalling the process and filibusters? Whatever happened to standing up for principles and supposedly representing the very Americans that the Republicans refuse to represent? It all gets pretty much LOST once that gavel hits.