The dumbing down of our language
I was just reading this new york times article on why democrats are basically resigning themselves to the fact that Samuel Alito will make it onto the Supreme COurt because they (the Democrats) are outnumbered. The article also quotes some law experts on other smaller but still significant issues on why their is not much public opposition to Alito's viewpoints. It is clear he is conservative and opposes abortion but he is a whiz at evading questions. This from the ny times:
"It may be a mistake to think that their failure demonstrates that they necessarily did something wrong," said Richard H. Fallon, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School. Referring to one of the major Democratic complaints about Judge Alito's testimony, Mr. Fallon said: "As long as most of the public will settle for evasive or uninformative answers, maybe there was nothing that they could have done to get Alito to make a major error."
So it seems that, according to Fallon, the public is willing to eat up answers that are not really answers but just soundbites. It is the dumbing down of our language as we know it and we, the American people, are allowing it to happen by not objecting to the pathetic answers this man has given the Senate Democrats.
Also another brilliant PR move on the part of Republicans -- to have Alito's wife begin crying during the questioning. Apparently, the network cameras moved over to her instead of the more important issue at hand -- the hearing.
"Had she not cried, we would have won that day," said one Senate strategist involved in the hearings, who did not want to be quoted by name discussing the Democrats' problems. "It got front-page attention. It was on every local news show."
Refresh Tears come in handy for times like these. I picture her looking around to make sure no one's watching before splashing some in her eyes, much like Owen Wilson's character in Wedding Crashers. (I think he used Visine but Refresh Tears work just as well for this sort of attention grabbing stunt.)