aj2181: I was watchin C-span the other night when the Senate Judiciary Committee was conducting the conformation hearing for Justice Janice Rodgers Brown, nominated for the D.C. Circuit Court of Apeals. I know some may gasp when I say this but the way the Democrats behaved was in my opinion shameful. At the very least it was not gentlemanly. Sen. Durbin D-ILL made an opening statement for the Democrats that sounded like an indictment. Sen. Leahy of Vermont made remarks much the same and made statements about the degeneration of committee hearings into political shouting matches etc. while making digging comments about the republicans. I was 'put off' by the whole thing. Sen. Hatch, Chairman, R-Utah was talking as if the women was Gods gift to the Judiciary. I have nothing but admiration for Senator Spector of Pennsylvania who said flatly "I don't know you so I'll wait to make up my mind about you" I thought that was a sign that not all our politicians are bad news. Spector is a good man....maybe he should be the one nominated for the courts. What do you all think of the state of American Politics? Has it degenerated into a mud slinging match with no substance and no aim for the country?