I'm a Supreme Court buff, and I love the theatre and the process of Congressional hearings -- but still, today's hearing was slow going...only because of the long wait to hear from the Judge herself. It was mostly, as the first day usually is, full of speeches by the Senators.
Full disclosure: I had agreed to participate in the all-day msnbc.com live blog, but found I didn't have a thing to say that would add to the conversation! I figured the web is full of people with the same affliction (many of whom insist on writing anyway) so I held off. Tomorrow it gets (more) interesting -- we'll see if the Democrats reach their goal of having it wrapped up by week's end.
I've always said: short of declaring war or committing troops in conflict, appointing Supreme Court justices is the greatest power we give our Presidents. Committee members understand that these hearings are the last stop for the nominee before a potential life appointment to the bench, and the change that can bring to the Court.
We'll have the day's highlights, and all the rest, and we hope you can join us tonight.