They call it a hearing, but they don't listen
Then, something inspired Durbin to also briefly leave. At 5:04 p.m., as Hirono continued her 30-minute session, Durbin was not there.
Feinstein was then the only Democrat left in the committee room to personally witness Hirono's questioning of Barrett.
At about 5:07 p.m. Durbin returned.
Now, once again, there were two Democratic senators -- in addition to Hirono -- attending the confirmation hearing of a Supreme Court justice.
What did Hirono's Democratic colleagues miss when they left the room as she interrogated Barrett? What were the significant legal and constitutional issues Hirono sought to address while questioning this devout Catholic mother of seven children -- some of whom were sitting behind her in the hearing room?
"Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?" Hirono asked.
"No, Sen. Hirono," Barrett responded.
"Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?" Hirono asked.
"No, Senator," Barrett responded.
Hirono spent much of the remainder of her time incoherently ranting at Barrett about why she suspects Barrett may work on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and roll back Obergefell v. Hodges.