Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Real Value of Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

I think I may be the one person I've ever met who actually likes to watch the Supreme Court confirmation hearings. So far, Elena Kegan's hearing hasn't let me down.

Why so much love? It's not because you actually learn something about the nominee. Nah, they're way to coached to actually say anything original or damaging.

Nope, I like them because they serve as a remarkably teaching tool as to how the court system works and how judges should be behave. The nominee is questioned by Senators who all want her to step out of line, and in the process, she gives textbook answers. Answers that end up explaining interesting and tricky nuances of the justice system.

Try watching the confirmation hearing below with that context in mind - cool, no?

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