The good news here is that the Senate has decided,
unanimously, to adhear to the rules set by precident
and of the Constitution itself. Why wouldn't that be
enough to make me happy? Here's my reaction to the
pundits and politicians on the talk/news (media polls)
First, they had to agree to the standards. There
would have been long and bitter debate without enough votes for any of the previous proposals to pass. Being politicians, most Senators always seem more concerned about what effects their public behavior will have on their next election. For some reason (media polls), they seem to think the American people want this event over A.S.A.P. and are all stressed out over it. If that were true where were the long lines for the opening proceedings. Were there riots in the streets calling for a speedy or immediate end? Did anyone call in sick just to watch the news? Where did they get this idea? (media polls). I've read many poll questions on-line, and choosen not to answer most due to the limited slant. When I see a straight forward question I may have to call Rush Limbaugh and let him know that one exists!
Second, a vote to dimiss at any time is the easy out
many were looking for on both sides of the isle. At
any moment a majority feels their polls slipping
(There's that word again), and 51 hands in the air
can stop justice. So, of course these rules were
favored. Don't get me wrong, they were well crafted
to serve our Republic. However, I doubt the founders
forsaw the scale to which our system has changed in
principle and ethics. Okay, I'm always skeptical, but in the end I can usually say..."Told Ya".
Last, having strict proceedure to get witnesses to
appear, sealing off the private evidence room, and
barring this data from the floor, ensures a speedy
trial. With all the hoops to jump through, Senators
will have to be more selective in seeking witnesses.
Hey, that's not a bad thing! But, an easy excuse to
avoid a full examination. I can think of a few Repub's willing to take that chance...but it requires majority approval. Dem's will do whatever it takes to avoid this looking like a real trial, so expect the creative word flinging to start over this. (And, probably ask for a vote to dismiss at every chance after the White House presents it's definition of sex and lying.) Republicans get a break because they don't have to provide the sealed evidence to the public. And, they cannot introduce any new evidence or charges. No more blame from parents on sexual content. No more accusations to defend. Just sit right back and relax and look respectful. Expect the rules on content allowed on the floor to be very restrictive.
So, what does all this mean to Lex? A format that
looks good. Speaches that sound noble. Still
so much spin, that I wonder if the dizziness will
ever stop. Maybe a number of Senators took the oath
as Jurors seriously enough to allow a real trial to
occur. Have the political games stopped? Don't count
on it. Picture this, 51 Senators with newly polished
halos, waiting for someone else to speak up,
then BAM!...the battle begins with the call of,
"That's not fair!" etc.. and the slinging provides
media fodder for months.