The Georgetown Law Journal Online, Vol. 106, No. 1 (2017): 25-32
8 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 2017
Supreme Court confirmation hearings are vapid. Supreme Court confirmation hearings are pointless. Supreme Court confirmation hearings are harmful to a citizenry already cynical about government. Sentiments like these have been around for decades and are bound to resurface each time a new nomination is made. This essay, however, takes a different view. It argues that Supreme Court confirmation hearings are a valuable form of cultural expression, one that provides a unique record of, as the theater critic Martin Esslin might say, a nation thinking about itself in public.
Keywords: Supreme Court, Confirmation Hearings, Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O'Connor
JEL Classification: K1
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