Media, VIPs Get Prime Seats at Hearing
By Paul Kane
A quick review of seating arrangements at today's confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor shows who's the most important constituency here today -- the media, not the public.
We've got 6 super-long tables in the middle of the room seating almost 110 journalists. Then, not at the tables, are another two rows of seats for press, an additional 50 or so seats.
The cushiest seats in the room are the four rows directly behind the nominee's table, a collection of nearly 50 VIPs selected by the administration as the nominee's advisers, friends and other key people whose faces will be frequently seen in Sotomayor's backdrop. Among those VIPs are Louis Freeh, the former FBI director, and Wade Henderson, head of the influential Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. The big loser in the set up of the hearing room inside Hart 216 -- the general public.
Just two rows of seats, all the way in the very back, are reserved for the the Average Joes and Average Joses who've made the trek to come to see this historic confirmation of the first Latina ever nominated for the Supreme Court. In all, less than 50 seats are reserved for the public, who will be shuttled in and out of the room throughout the day to try to allow as many people as possible to view the hearing.
July 13, 2009; 9:47 AM ET
Categories: Hearings , Supreme Court
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