Danger: boredom ah... yawn.

So yes, the hearings are a farce. Kevin Drum calls it a "Kabuki Dance" and Amanda Marcotte comments that "it’s just a matter of noting what idiotic Democrats go along with it."

AlterNet's own Rachel Neumann writes: "Just because he has good skin, cute children, and can dodge questions with the best of them, does not mean John Roberts will be a nice Supreme Court Chief Justice (not nice for people of color or women or gay people, anyway)"

But I had the good fortune of traveling through DC yesterday and watching the hearings in the FoxNews Store* at Dulles Airport.

A crowd gathered, arms folded, eyes on the screen. And then something curious happened as a California Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, questioned the cagey and slippery conservative.

They walked away.

That's right, nothing to see here. No feet to the fire on why, say, he didn't recuse himself from a case involving the Bush administration which had already approached him about a nomination to the Supreme Court. And why no statement like "you can refuse to answer these questions but we will be forced to protect the people of the United States by blocking the confirmation of such an uncooperative nominee."

It's perhaps the gravest danger to our democracy today: the fact that so much has been reduced to empty rhetoric, bland speechifying, questionless questioning. In other words: drool-inducing, mind-numbing, heart-stopping boredom.

The head of one of the world's most powerful bodies was being deliberated over and nobody gave a rat's ass. And don't give me that "people are complacent" hooey.

With all the appeal of a doctor's office waiting room it's a surprise we pay attention as often as we do. Note to Democrats: If you're interested in fighting back, have a cup of coffee, go for a run, whatever, just make sure you're awake while you do it, eh? (Pandagon)

*Yes there is a FoxNews Store. No I'm not making this up.

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