Hey, it’s all over! Here’s the Washington Post report:
“Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee made a final stab at challenging Alito on presidential powers, the death penalty and other matters. But their efforts sometimes seemed halfhearted, and even the most liberal advocacy groups acknowledged privately that they saw slim hopes of preventing his confirmation later this month in the full Senate, where Republicans hold 55 of the 100 seats.”
Of course, the Dems couldn’t let it end without openly insulting–by walking out on or failing to show up for–the supportive testimony from numerous of Sam Alito’s colleagues in the federal judiciary, including appointees by Democratic presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Bill Clinton. See Michelle Malkin and Powerline for a report.
But what the hay! Let’s have some laughs of relief!
I’ll start with this excerpt from Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr’s list of suggested titles (available only by subscription but transcribed by Massachusetts Catholic blogger Dom Bettinelli)–hat tip: Kathy Shaidle) for the title of that children’s book that Dem Judiciary Committee member Ted Kennedy (he’s the puffy one) says he’s writing (Ted, by the way, is known in Massachusetts as “the Swimmer” for his feats of underwater navigation during this 1969 episode on Chappaquiddick Island off Martha’s Vineyard):
Make Way for Gin Blossoms. Willy Wonka and the Vodka Factory. Frosty the Bad Ice Cube. The Little Oldsmobile that Couldn’t. Me and My Air Pocket. Heather Has Two Toddies. Through the Drinking Glass. Teddy Kennedy and the Goblet of Firewater.
Booze Clues. Where in the World is Mary Jo?
Has the senator considered a rhyming work, a la Dr. Seuss? Green Eggs and Ham could be retitled Green Beers and Scotch.
“I love to drink it from a jar/ I love to drink it in my car/ I love to drink it without pants/I swill it whenever I get the chance”
My Liver Has a Quiver. Horton Hears a Siren. Bartholomew and the Field Sobriety Test. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. 20,000 Beers Under the Sea. Das Oldsmobile. The Old Man and the Sea.
Next, we have Patterico’s drinking game.
And lastly, this excerpt (courtesy of Professor Bainbridge) from Joe “I Hated Princeton–But Maybe Now I Don’t, and Did I Ever Tell You About…..” Biden’s 2004 speech at his alma mater.