Enter the Senate. Considering the glacial pace of federal legislative activity, perhaps politicians view anything that enhances performance with alarm and distrust. Still, the Senate hearing was a classic exercise in overkill, even if the nation wasn’t in the midst of a war on terror, a lingering economic slowdown and serious accounting scandals rotting our 401(k)s. Arranged by Byron Dorgan (Democrat, North Dakota), chairman of the . Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce and Tourism, the hearing resulted in predictable displays of finger wagging, head shaking and big juicy red herrings. Our tax dollars at work.