Senator Biden has just stated that the whole farce of having Supreme Court nominees come before a Congressional committee should be scrapped. His reasoning is that the putative appointees, Dem or GOP, don't answer any of the questions anyway, so why bother with the charade?
Methinks he has a point. The Congressional Hearing process didn't start until 1925, prior to which all nominations were sent straight to the Senate floor for an up or down vote. Nowadays, the hearing process (much like the almost-broken trial-by-consultant-selected jury process) is so tainted by the coaching, consulting, and overall focus on the end-game, that its purpose seems to be simply a full-employment program for media and congressional committee staffers. Honestly, why bother? We learned nothing new about Alito from these hearings, his candidacy gained nothing from these hearings, so why waste the time and money? We all know what he said in his decisions, we all know what the senators from both sides of the aisle are going to ask him about those decisions, we all know he won't actually answer any of those questions candidly. So, remind me again why we are doing this? At the very least, it would deny the GOP the opportunity to have Mrs. Alito leave the room in tears because her husband is being questioned about membership in a less-than-inclusive Princeton organization (those evil Dems making a lady cry!)
Can we all just agree to scrap the farce that is these hearings and just go straight to the vote?