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Last night I was listening to the radio.  I don't have a TV so my news comes from NPR.  One word stuck in my head as it was repeated over and over and over:  Confirmation.  They called the interview a "Confirmation hearing."  Seems reasonable enough, right?  What would be the outcome of a "Confirmation Hearing"?  It's kind of hard to imagine Alito being rejected, isn't it?  

From this day forward, NEVER say "Confirmation.  Don't do it!  Sorry to "shout"-- I don't mean to be rude, but DON'T DO IT.  

What we need is another term for the hearings...Below the fold, I have some ideas to discuss...

Interview-- this is a job interview.  Can you imagine if you or I were to behave like this in a job interview?

Investigation-- I like this one.  It's a little dirty, so if you don't like it, that's fair.  But this is an investigation:  We are trying to find out about this guy who we aren't electing, but who will have his (very powerful) job for the rest of his life.  It warrants investigation, and that word is loaded with the flavor of guilt and impunes him from the start (which is good for us!)

Questionings-- maybe not as overtly loaded as "investigation", but still better than "C.H."  I don't like this one as much, because it points us out to be the "meanies" which is the strategy from the right.

What others can you think of?

Originally posted to Cather on Thu Jan 12, 2006 at 12:19 PM PST.

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