Toward better Supreme Court hearings
Right now, Supreme Court nomination hearings are a rare moment for lots of senators to talk while lots of reporters are paying attention. That devolves, quite predictably, into a lot of people trying to get on TV rather than trying to have an informative conversation about matters likely to come before the court. Jonathan Bernstein has a good idea for improving the ritual:
A better way of conducting these things would be to pick two Senators from each party as lead questioners. As a blogger, and as a live tweeter of the proceedings, I obviously have a personal preference for Senators Sessions and Coburn because they're easiest to play off of, but if we want relatively informative hearings, I'd nominate Hatch and Graham from the GOP, and Schumer and Cardin from the Dems. ... Others who I think would be up to it on the Dem side would be Feinstein and Durbin, and I think the junior Senators on the committee -- Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Kaufman, and Franken -- are all very capable. It's a bit hard to tell with the Senators at the end of the line, because all the best questions have already been asked, but Kaufman and Klobuchar, I thought, did quite well.
I'd pick Orrin Hatch and Lindsey Graham for the Republicans, and Sheldon Whitehouse and Dick Durbin for the Democrats.
July 1, 2010; 2:37 PM ET
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