@inbound, certainly it would seem that the senators are slightly out of their league. I thought it would be prudent for them to actually visit a forum like this so that they can actually get an idea of the landscape of Google search. I've actually been looking for contact emails for some of the senators at the hearings. So far, not great. However, I do think that they need to understand the grand scope of things and I do think that unless you are involved in the internet from a webmasters perspective, you won't grasp what's a stake.
I will also say that I'm a bit disppointed that this section of the forum feels like a group of people in the classroom being sent to the corner. Everyone who is part of this forum should have watched that hearing. If you own a website you owe it to yourself. I feel a bit segregated to be honest and I don't know why that is.
I think the hearing really missed the mark on what Google is today. If the company with its monopolistic power can shift organic traffic in a way that results in increased Adwords profit, shouldn't that be part of the hearing?
The whole thing gives me a headache to be honest. The arrows to Google+, the ads on the main search box page for their products, the changing of ad box colors. Isn't this current and I don't see these as being issues brought forward.