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Democrats Will Ratchet Up Meanness Today

Given the media coverage today suggesting that there have been no fireworks and that the Senate Democrats failed in their mission yesterday to trip up Judge Alito, we can expect Judiciary Committee Democrats to ratchet up their mean meter. 

We can expect Dems on the Committee to invoke CAP, suggest the judge is not forthcoming enough, he is being evasive, and any other environment conditioning angle their left wing interest group friends whisper into their ears.

Here’s a breakdown of  Alito’s first day of questions and answers:
 
Judge Samuel A. Alito Answered A Higher Percentage (95%) Of Questions On His Opening Day Of Questioning Than Justices John Roberts (89%) Or Ruth Bader Ginsburg (79%) Did During Their Full Confirmation Hearings.
 
Judge Samuel A. Alito Breakdown:
 
On The First Day Of Questioning, Judge Samuel A. Alito Was Asked At Least 346 Questions By Members Of The Judiciary Committee. (Transcript Of Hearings On The Nomination Of Judge Samuel Alito, Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 1/10/06)
 
•    Of Those 346 Questions, Judge Alito Answered At Least 328 Of Those Questions (95%). (Transcript Of Hearings On The Nomination Of Judge Samuel Alito, Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 1/10/06)
 
•    Of Those 346 Questions, Judge Alito Declined To Answer Only 18 Of Those Questions (5%). (Transcript Of Hearings On The Nomination Of Judge Samuel Alito, Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 1/10/06)
 
Judge John Roberts Breakdown:
 
Throughout His Supreme Court Nomination Hearings, Judge John G. Roberts Was Asked At Least 574 Questions By Members Of The Judiciary Committee. (Transcript Of Fourth Day Of Hearings On The Nomination Of Judge John Roberts, Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 9/15/05)
 
•    Of Those 574 Questions, Judge Roberts Only Answered 510 Of Those Questions (89%).  (Transcript Of Fourth Day Of Hearings On The Nomination Of Judge John Roberts, Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 9/15/05)
 
•    Of Those 574 Questions, Judge Roberts Declined To Answer 64 Of Those Questions (11%). (Transcript Of Fourth Day Of Hearings On The Nomination Of Judge John Roberts, Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 9/15/05)
 
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg Breakdown:
 
Throughout Her Supreme Court Nomination Hearings, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Asked At Least 275 Questions By Members Of The Judiciary Committee.  (Transcript Of Hearings On The Nomination Of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/20/93 – 7/22/93)
 
•    Of Those 275 Questions, Judge Ginsburg Only Answered 216 Of Those Questions (79%).  (Transcript Of Hearings On The Nomination Of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/20/93 – 7/22/93)
 
•    Of Those 275 Questions, Judge Ginsburg Declined To Answer 59 Of Those Questions (21%). (Transcript Of Hearings On The Nomination Of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/20/93 – 7/22/93)

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Mr. Bluey, a contributing editor to Human Events, is director of the Center for Media & Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation. He maintains a blog at RobertBluey.com.

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