Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Crying Game

Wolcott is among the many looking askance at Mrs. Alito's tearful exit from the hearing room yesterday. I join the pooh-pooh parade, though I think trying to hang the blame on Lindsay Graham is pyschologically unsound -- it is sometimes when a sympathetic friend offers a shoulder that we cry, not during the trauma itself.

The thing I have not seen anyone comment on is the fact that just before Mrs. Alito dashed, the young woman to her left leaned over and said something to her. Who is that woman? I can't find her name anywhere -- but I am quite sure she is the same woman I saw interviewed on Monday or Tuesday. She is part of the Adminstration's team of Alito handlers and spinmeisters. Which raises the question: what did she say? Did she tell the Missus to walk out? It sure looked like cause and effect from here.....

Update: Eagle-eyed reader Adam informs us that the apparent acting coach is Rachel Brand, from the Attorney General's office. Wonkette has the 411.

Update #2: Yes, commenter Jeff. Using the nice lady's emotions for political gain would indeed be a reprehensible thing.



Oh, and I hope that the "Organization for the Bettement of Student Life" starts with remedial spelling, which would make life "bette" for all of us. (OTOH, props for avoiding anonymous trolling.)

22 Comments:

Anonymous Adam Brown said...

The woman in question is Rachel Brand, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous stacy said...

Her dramatic moment was so staged it was pathetic- how the MSM can act all surprised about this is beyond me.

If she were going to cry, why would it be while one of Alito's coaches for the hearings, Lindsay Graham, is making jokes and building Alito up?

It's total bullshit but the media wont go back on its story now- it made an ass of itself all over primetime news yesterday- they will NEVER go back and admit this mistake.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you so hard up to find some conspiracy that you will try to destroy the wife of an appointee?

Is everything a conspiracy now?

Is every action of any supporter or opposer some desinged action?

Having literally no proof, just supposition, enough to pontificate that a wife who may be perfectly happy being a judge's wife finally breaks down by the pressure from both sides?

How inhumane do you have to be to assume she is so political as to cry on comman...

I suggest your humanity needs to be called into question that anyone disagreeing with you on substantive and understandible reasons must be some conspiracy to destroy your position.

Shame on you.

Jeff Barea,
Chairman, Organization for the Bettement of Student Life, Inc. (http://obsl.bcef.org)

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

....ahhh, you may be right Jeff. But please remember that we have been lied to and misled so often by this administration, it's hard to know anymore what is truth and what is lies, isn't it?

With your Bushies, black is white, up is down, night is day, heroism is cowardice and tough questioning of a lifetime political appointee who may hold the future of this country in his hands is a personal attack on his family.

This country is in bullshit overload status, and it's just hard to tell when someone may actually be telling the truth, isn't it?

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Historys shows that:

1. If its politics, its scripted.
2. If its on TV, is scripted.
3. If its an event involving a major
political party, its scripted.
4. If its a Republican event, its
scripted but skillfully.

Alito's wife could have felt the tears coming and left to go to the bathroom to regain her composure. Instead, she cried on national television from her perch behind her husband. She started crying some time after the Dems questioned Alito. Predictably, the crying was interpreted to mean she was upset over the "tough" questioning of her husband. Perhaps she contemporaneously was recalling that scene at the end of "Free Willy." Drudge used it for propaganda purposes.

The most annoying thing about Alito, aside from the fact that the Scalito meme has me thinking that he's Scalito, is that he didn't answer any of Leahy's questions regarding the the Jackson and Thomas views on executive power. Instead he droned on incomprehensively.

These hearings are a joke.

Oh, and FYI, the term "unitary executive" is a euphemism for "dictator," so remind everyone not to use it.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's political theater. Nationally televised. Of course it was scripted.

5:30 AM  
Anonymous algol510 said...

Gobbels couldn't have done it better.

6:34 AM  
Blogger DEFuning said...

It was evident to me two hours before the crying game that Mrs. Alito was ginning herself up into a heightened emotional state by using an old actors' trick-by tricking the body into a hyper state to make the flow of tears inevitable and easy. She was rehearsing a Susan Hayword moment by being of heaving bosom and darting eyes for several hours prior to the big close up. Sheesh, she looked like one of those old Felix the Cat clocks! And then they got Lindsay ,who's not been toeing the party line lately, to demonstrate what a good soldier he is by delivering an emotionally laden punch to trip her over the edge. Yesterday,knowing full well that she was on camera, she continued the act by mouthing to an unseen person off camera an exaggerated "I'm all right now".

6:44 AM  
Anonymous reddogs said...

I wonder how poor Martha-Ann felt when the questioning ended yesterday, her husband was thanked for his participation, and he then blew out of the hearing room without so much as a glance towards her and the rest of his family. I would have thought most men who had just undergone 3 grueling days would have gone right to his wife and family for hugs and the whole family would have left the room together. Perhaps that, more than anything else, speaks to the character of this man. Now you've got something to really cry about, Mrs. Alito.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How inhumane do you have to be to assume she is so political as to cry on comman...

I suggest your humanity needs to be called into question that anyone disagreeing with you on substantive and understandible reasons must be some conspiracy to destroy your position.

Shame on you.

Jeff Barea,
Chairman, Organization for the Bettement of Student Life, Inc. (http://obsl.bcef.org)

Listen you degenerate conswervative cretin peice of sh*t - Rethuglicans have done nothing BUT tear down the wife of President Clinton for 10 years now. As far as I'm concerned, this is just a little tit for tat. Alito's whore dog can boo-hoo all she wants. Pay back is hell, ain't it? Now if we can just get a few tears out of that dried up twat bitch manslaughterer Laura "cunt" Bush...

7:30 AM  
Blogger ChangeAmerica.net said...

ChangeAmerica.net

Dave is right. When practically everything the administration says is based on distortions, fantasies, or outright lies, everything becomes a conspiracy.

It is all staged so Bush's blind sheep can bleat out his 6 word or less, 3rd grade catch phrases.

The Republicans only have one thing right. Their followers will believe anything, if they hear it repeated enough times. Lemmings.

http://www.ChangeAmerica.net

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're joking, right? If not, this paranoid conspiracy crap is not helping at all. It makes us Dems look desperate. Ted Kennedy didn't help the cause much at the hearings, did he? We need some new, rational voices leading the way.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chairman Jeff, do you own a dictionary, or can you find one online? Perhaps it is "understandible" that you make up your own spelling rules. You are probably involved with a school that teaches Intelligent "Desing".

9:21 AM  
Blogger Eric_Jaffa said...

I don't agree with you about letting Lindsay Graham off the hook.

Regarding your analogy to someone who cries on a friend's shoulder after a trauma:

Firstly, there was no trauma. Just stress, which Lindsay Graham exploited.

The Democrats did normal questioning of her husband, not traumatic questioning.

Secondly, friends offer a shoulder to cry on in private, not on live television.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous rockybullwinkle said...

From the OBSL main page: "OBSL’s conservative student newspaper management team is composed of college and university students. The staff is composed of student, faculty, and staff members of each university and college it operates on. It is currently lead by Jeffrey Barea, the founding Chairman of the Board.

Bwahahaha.

Apparently, Mr. Barea's strong suit is not spelling or grammar. No big deal though, he just runs a newspaper.

North Texas is where the newspaper is located. Isn't Texas where the Swifties got their start? I'm sure it's just a coincidence.

10:04 AM  
Blogger sarahlane said...

Shame on you Jeff. Shame on you for being so naive. We are supposed to believe that this administration isn't just an administration of PR tricks and lies? Do you think any of us have forgotton that the administration payed Kurds to stage the pull down of the Saddam statue? The Republicans care more about PR then they do about the American people. Just look at Katrina, it's not like Bush and co. did anything to help those people but they made sure they had their fair share of photo ops. What about the Iraq War? Bush and Co. thinks it's more important to tell the American people it's going well then to actually do the right thing in Iraq, like hiring Iraqis to rebuild their own country. As far as Alito's wife crying, why don't you check out the footage and tell me if her smug smile, then nod should turn into crying. Get a clue!

10:19 AM  
Blogger sarahlane said...

Shame on you Jeff. Shame on you for being so naive. We are supposed to believe that this administration isn't just an administration of PR tricks and lies? Do you think any of us have forgotton that the administration payed Kurds to stage the pull down of the Saddam statue? The Republicans care more about PR then they do about the American people. Just look at Katrina, it's not like Bush and co. did anything to help those people but they made sure they had their fair share of photo ops. What about the Iraq War? Bush and Co. thinks it's more important to tell the American people it's going well then to actually do the right thing in Iraq, like hiring Iraqis to rebuild their own country. As far as Alito's wife crying, why don't you check out the footage and tell me if her smug smile, then nod should turn into crying. Get a clue!

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shaddap Jeff, you partisan whore. Of course it was scripted, you bonehead.

Wake up, wouldya?

11:23 AM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

devil's advocate here, from a liberal... there are some professional actresses who can't even tear up on cue, much less sob... the emotions may have been genuine - but they weren't our fault! why does the wife come along to a job interview? SCOTUS hearings are not for the faint of heart...

as for what Brand said, it could have been that she was letting Mrs. Alito know it was ok to get up and leave if she needed to...

I think we need to counter consternative misinfo on this, but not produce our own... if we stay in the factual realm we stay above the crap...

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't really value the opinion of someone who's signature seems to always include "Shame on you." That is a core Republican value. Throw shame at others to distract from oneself.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and by the by...there is an "r" in Betterment, even at your website, why not include it in your posts?

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Simple Life:

Despite your Hillary Clinton guide to Politics, I'm not a Republican. Nor have I ever voted for George Bush, so keep on with the partisan attacks. They are lost on us independent minded people.

Deal with the issues raised, not hide behind some assumed profile you have created for anyone that says anything the least bit different.

As for my alleged spelling "mistakes." There are a few words that have gotten on my noiyve the past few days. My punishment to them is to mispell them.

For radical leftist anarchists, it seems a bit weird that the only rules you believe in are spelling rules.

DOWN WITH THE DICTIONARY!! UP WITH THE THESAURUS!!!

Jeff Barea
Choreman, Organization for the Butterment of Student Life, Inc.
(http://obsl.bcef.org)

PS Shame on Merriam Webster...Oh, and you.

3:33 PM  

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