Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spent last week showcasing their keen grasp of baseball analogies while interrogating Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Jr. But the best analogy of the lot fell to court-watcher Dahlia Lithwick, writing about Roberts in the online magazine Slate: "Here’s a man long accustomed to answering really hard questions from extremely smart people, suddenly faced with the almost-harder task of answering obvious questions from less-smart people. He finds himself standing in a batting cage with the pitching machine set way too slow."
That’s pretty good. Of course, metaphors aside, I suspect that at least some of these senators are smarter than they look.
They just ask stupid questions because that’s what the unelected
interest groups yanking their chains expect them to do.
Of course, there’s an additional possibility to consider, which I will endeavor to express in the proper form:
Maybe Ms. Lithwick doesn’t give the committee’s pitchers the credit they deserve. Maybe it’s not that they can’t throw heat into the strike zone, but that they recognize a good hitter when they see one. It could be they’re taking David Broder’s advice and deliberately walking him so they can pitch to the president’s next nominee.
Nah. That would require more concentration than they can muster, what with the screams of the wild-eyed face-painters in the stands.