The "news" that Senate Republicans on the Judiciary Committee plan to oppose Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation depresses me more than I expected. Essentially, her hearings and their outcome present us one of a couple of equally sad possibilities. Either the confirmation process - and many other governmental activities - are simply ritual and theater, or the Republicans, when given the choice, choose ignorance. How else do you explain days of Sotomayor explaining her words, their contexts, her rulings and her record - the latter two of which Republicans on the committee observed was largely consistent with what they perceived as mainstream legal thinking - and Jeff Session and Charles Grassley coming out now to say they're not sure where she stands. If they're not, it's because they don't want to be.
I'd like to think our government has become an incredibly elaborate dance, but considering the dishonest way that Republicans fighting health care have cited studies by the supposedly non-partisan Lewin Group to show the possible dangers of a public option in health care reform, I have to believe that they value deception and ignorance. The Lewin Group is owned by health insurance company United Healthcare.
... and then there are the birthers. And Sarah Palin.