In Dicta

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Preparing for battle

"The upcoming first-in-a-decade hearings on a Supreme Court nominee will play out before a Senate committee known for partisan clashes and featuring some of Congress's most legendary liberals and ardent conservatives.

Over four days of televised hearings later this summer, the Senate Judiciary Committee will dig for information and frame the debate that will largely determine whether the full Senate embraces President Bush's nominee or splits down the middle, possibly embarking on a filibuster.

Republicans, as the majority party, hold clear advantages. They have 10 committee members, including the chairman, to the Democrats' eight; a larger staff; and 55 of the full Senate's 100 seats. But Democrats have an edge that may loom large in the highly visible, keenly politicized struggle: Their committee members are considerably more experienced and unified than the Republicans. All but two have participated in Supreme Court confirmations, and those two -- Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) -- are glib, media-savvy lawyers."

Hardly unexpected. (Via MSNBC News.)

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