Hesitations - what can you assume?
I came across this situation in an appeal today. The auction is, I believe, irrelevant to my query.
After a hesitation from his partner, E makes a bid.
When asked to justify his bid, E argues that his partner cannot have certain types of hand because if he did his call would not have required any "thinking time", and thus when considering calls that might be suggested by the hesitation, E should ignore hands like that. Those hands he is seeking to ignore include some strong (for the bidding) ones.
My response was that W's reason for hesitating is irrelevant, and that E cannot rule out certain hands on the basis that partner would not have hesitated. A hesitation followed by a pass suggests a hand at the absolute upper end of a pass.
Am I right?