And why aren't Supreme Court sessions televised? That would be a great gain for democracy. As it is, we have to imagine gentlemen in robes being real dignified as they eviscerate our civil rights. But we have freedom of speech, and are we ever going to use it! No more nice nice from the liberal camp!
In out and out dictatorships, as my favorite professor at Reed, Darius Rejali, puts it, they just throw a few bodies in the street, and that tends to shut people up. Here, much as they hate it, the fascists have to go through the motions of democracy. It's a constant fight to preserve freedom, because democracy is inherently unstable, and fascists always want to take over completely. We came close to losing democracy alltogether under Nixon and Bush II. As Bush said, he really wanted to be a dictator but was stuck with darn old inefficient democracy.
So think of that whenever you want to believe that Bush is just a lovable old retired guy.