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They call it a hearing, but they don't listen

Terence P. Jeffrey on

When Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota began her 30-minute turn at questioning Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon, Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii was not in the room.

Hirono apparently was not that interested in what she anticipated Klobuchar would have to say.

Or perhaps she preferred to watch it on C-SPAN -- just as Americans 3,000 miles away could.

Hirono was not alone. When Klobuchar's 30 minutes started, only three other Democratic senators were there: Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein of California, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chris Coons of Delaware.

Hirono's lack of interest in personally witnessing what Klobuchar had to say was apparently reciprocated.

When Hirono later began her own 30-minute turn at questioning Barrett, Klobuchar was not there.

 

Like Klobuchar, Hirono also did not inspire other senators to stay and watch her in person -- as was manifest to those there, including this writer.

When it was Hirono's time to speak, she soon became the loneliest senator on the Judiciary Committee.

Of the nine Democratic senators on that panel in addition to Hirono, two -- Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Kamala Harris of California -- had not physically shown up for the hearing at all. When it was their turn to speak, they did so virtually.

Thus, they were not there when Hirono had her 30 minutes.

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