More Proof the Democrats Don't Listen to Good Advice
During the Roberts confirmation hearings, Hugh Hewitt noticed the absurdity of the bloviators on the left taking up their time with statements rather than posing short, pointed questions, and letting Roberts do the talking. It appears from their opening statements today in the Alito hearings that they're going to repeat the mistake. The plain truth is that nothing bad can happen to Alito (other than dying of boredom) while Bidden, Schumer, Kennedy et al are droning on. The only possible thing that could change someone's vote must come from his mouth, not theirs. If the Democrats had brains, they would have foregone the 80 minutes of scripted "grave concern" they expressed today and asked to reserve it for questions--not statements.
Three possibilities come to mind. 1) They are so convinced of their (slanted) view of Alito that they think repeating it often enough will cause it to spread to their colleagues. 2) They know they're going to lose, but don't want to face the annoyance of the base. This way they can say, "Well, we tried our best. Didn't you hear us?" 3) They are politically clueless....hmmm. Maybe I just answered my own question.
UPDATE: Ed Whelan at NRO's Bench Memos points out that of the 30 minutes Joe Biden was allowed today, he talked for 24 of them and Alito talked for 6. QED.