10-19-07 - 3

Confirmation hearings are so pointless. The congress has absolutely zero ability to determine if the person would do a good job. They would do better to treat it like a job interview, get experts to ask them technical questions, get references from previous employers, etc. The person undergoing the hearing can pretty easily tell what they're supposed to say and they just say that. Many just lie their way straight through it (like pretty much every supreme court justice), and there's no consequences at all. The only thing the confirmation does determine is that the person has the tiny amount of political intelligence to be able to get through the hearing, but even morons like Gonzalez were able to pass that low bar.

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