On the first day of the hearings where the Senators on the Judicial Committee pontificated for 10 minutes each, very little occurred. All 21 Senators gave their impressions for the evening news back home, giving very little information or anything outside of the party lines.
The Republican Senators told Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts not to answer bad questions, ones that have been determined to set up land mines for the candidate, and make him go on record on topics that he should never be on record for.
The Democrats were faced with a candidate certain to face approval, so they worked on setting the tone that Roberts needed to answer all of their questions, and then made digs at the President. Over all it was quite boring.
Roberts made a great statement, including this quote.
My personal appreciation that I owe a great debt to others reinforces my view that a certain humility should characterize the judicial role. Judges and justices are servants of the law, not the other way around. Judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules; they apply them.
The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ball game to see the umpire.
However, the Esteemed Senator from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy, did make a rambling statement which we have video of trying to portray John Roberts as stingy with the Constitution. See for yourself.