I love watching C-SPAN on days like today when the hypocrisy of both parties is on full display. The Democrats go on about not having enough time for adequate debate when everyone knows that the attempted filibuster has nothing at all to do with that. The Republicans talk about the undue and thoroughly lamentable influence of “interest groups” trumping the will of “the American people”, as though there are no conservative “interest groups” pressuring Republicans. Orrin Hatch, of all people, stands up and delivers a self-righteous screed about the horror of a judicial nominee being denied an up or down vote after he used political tricks as chair of the judiciary committee throughout the 90s to prevent over 60 judicial nominees from even getting a committee hearing, much less an up or down vote. It’s all quite amusing to watch. When listening to such obviously empty rhetoric spewed by shallow men in expensive suits I always think of Mencken’s words about President Warren Harding’s political speech:
It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up to the topmost pinnacle of tosh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.