On Democratic windbags

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Over in the comments, Barry Leiba complains about Patrick Leahy's windbaggery:
And consider Senator Leahy, who appeared on NPR in this segment on Wednesday, in which Robert Siegel spoke with him and Senator Sessions. In case you don't feel like listening to it, allow me to summarize:

NPR: Senator Leahy, what do you think of Judge Alito's stand on the limits of presidential authority?
Leahy: The president can't pick and choose which laws he abides by and which he does not.
NPR: On another question, has Judge Alito satisfied you with his answer about Roe vs Wade?
Leahy: The president can't pick and choose which laws he abides by and which he does not.
NPR: Is it important to you what Judge Alito says about his membership in the Princeton alumni organization?
Leahy: The president can't pick and choose which laws he abides by and which he does not.
NPR: And, Senator Leahy, what about the "torture memo"?
Leahy: The president can't pick and choose which laws he abides by and which he does not.
NPR: It seems that you've asked Judge Alito all your questions; what's the point of another round of questions?
Leahy: The president can't pick and choose which laws he abides by and which he does not, and I'll keep asking the question until I get an answer.

Would that NPR had kept asking their questions until they got answers. Anyway, it's very clear, here, that Senator Leahy was there to get as much air time for his one point as he possibly could. Looks pretty wind-baggy to me, I'm afraid.

Far be it from me to say that Leahy isn't a windbag, but in this particular case, it seems like this is intended less to serve his own purposes--which would probably be better served by actually bloviating for a while about his own political views--than those of the party. I.e., it's a case of message discipline rather than simple windbaggery.

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those of the party. I.e., it's a case of message discipline rather than simple windbaggery.


Yes, probably true.

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