- Apr 2010
- Pittsburgh, PA
How should he have responded? Should he have laughed it off?I'm going to limit my response to this both for the sake of time and because of my realization that we just can't agree on all other matters.
Yes, he absolutely is. He's a judge. The way he behaved on national TV was disgraceful. I don't care if you're liberal, conservative, whatever. A judge is not supposed to behave that way, yelling at members of Congress for asking him questions, no matter how aggressive the questions. He totally lost it. He would not tolerate conduct like that in his courtroom from any defendant for any reason. I don't care how justified some people have convinced themselves it is.
It is not a question of justification. It is a question of decorum, of conduct, of being a judge. If he was fully justified, that's cause to let him go on being a federal judge given the extraordinary circumstances. I don't believe it was. I'm still shocked over watching that. Not as a Democrat, not as a registered Republican as I happen to be, but as an American, I remain deeply disturbed that one of our highest ranking jurists is prepared to behave that way.
Here's the truth. There is no response at all that would have satisfied the left except maybe withdrawing his name from the nomination. No matter what he did or said in response, they would have found fault with it. Whatever response he had, the left would have treated it as validation for their smears.
But let's try a thought experiment. The next time someone is in court, let's see them accuse the judge of sexual assault and see how well that works out for them.