Agree with Terrye's post below--The Senatorial confirmation process has been reduced to Kabuki-like proportions--One suspects that most senators already have their minds made up and are primarily playing to their donors and constituencies--I mean, what sentient human being (even a Senator, although I am starting to wonder about Kennedy and Biden--both of whom apparently referenced non-existent "facts," ie, the Goldwater presidency and the questions for Harriet Miers) could fail to understand that the legal of code of ethics bars a nominee from commenting on cases likely to come before him/her--moreover, as I understand the law, one must know all of the facts which is what makes each case unique--hypotheticals, while interesting, tell a responsible jurist nothing.
I was complaining on my class listserv that one of the things a lay person lacks is a decent explanation of the legal issues involved--Lawyers make arguments to other lawyers in their particular argot--As I listened to comments about Alito "being in favor of machine guns," that is such a poor characterization of the issues underlying the case as to be laughable.
Does anyone know of a decent site that explains legal issues in lay terms? I certainly dont expect Senators to know or understand as they are simply pandering--but for the rest of the attentive public, it might be useful.
I am always impressed by both Mark Twain who referred to Congress as America's only true criminal class, and HL Mencken who said for every complex issue there is always a solution: neat, simple, and wrong.