Breaking News: U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy disrupts Alito Hearings, challenges Chairman Specter and demands supoena of further documents.... developing....
Whew! What a brouhaha....!
Chafing at the bit from not getting desired responses from Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, Senator Ted Kennedy provoked a shouting match between himself and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Spector, in which Kennedy made heated demands for supoena for info about documents/records related to Judge Alito and his C.A.P. membership---alleging that he had mailed the request to Specter and insisting that Specter had seen the request, when Specter said he had not.
Specter ruled Kennedy out of order---which he was---and Kennedy objected and demanded an executive session to vote on obtaining the subpoena.
Chairman Specter again insisted that he had received no such request but he would consider it. Kennedy screamed that Specter had received it---in effect, calling Specter a liar---and shouted that he was objecting to the Chairman's ruling. Specter then leaned toward Kennedy, and with an elevated, exasperated tone, said "There's been no ruling from the Chair, Senator....!"
Kennedy threatened that his request for the subpoena would "be made again and again" and continued demanding a ruling for the supoena, after Specter had already told him he "would consider it."
Kennedy's unprofessional tantrum and threats disrupted the hearing to the extent that Chairman Specter had to tell him he (Specter) was not going to be influenced by Kennedy's threats and that Kennedy was "not going to run the hearing."
Specter then vigorously sounded the gavel and called for the next questioner, leaving a flustered Kennedy shuffling papers.
Specter adjourned the Committee for lunch. Kennedy, while physically present, was already out to lunch....