Would You People Quit Wasting Our Time?
by James Glaser
July 15, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee is in session, deciding if President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, is qualified to be voted on by the whole Senate and put on the bench.

Monday, the 12 Democrats and the 7 Republicans on the Committee gave their opening statements of 10 minutes each, with long breaks in between. On Tuesday, each senator got to ask Judge Sotomayor questions for ½ hour. Eleven of them finished and so eight more will have to finish up tomorrow. There were long breaks on Tuesday, too.

That isn't even close to the end of the hearing though. Next there will be the second round of questions with each senator getting 20 minutes for that. Then there will be a witnesses called by both political parties. After that, each senator on the committee has a week to get together written questions.

Here is the kicker, Judge Sotomayor only needs a majority in the committee and the whole Senate to become a Supreme Court Judge. If you listened to the opening statements by the senators, the Democrats love the woman and the Republicans respect her.

The Democrats have a large majority on the Committee and in the Senate as a whole. The woman is a shoe-in. If these senators could be honest and give up their camera time and just say, "I am voting for you, or I am not voting for you," this whole process could be done in a day or two at the most.

Then the Senate could start working on the real problems of America.

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