Employment attorney John Phillips, whose blog is a must-read, on the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings and the confirmation process:
The Judiciary Committee members who are part of the majority party ask questions filled with adoration. They might as well ask, “Isn’t it true that you are a great American?” And the nominee can answer, “Well, that’s not for me to say, but I’ve always tried to be.” The members of the minority party ask questions about suspicions, alleged contradictions, and concerns — all within the the scripted framework of showing servile abasement over learning some new truth about the nominee.
Execupundit note: I'm not sure if politicizing of the votes on Supreme Court nominees has recently been indulged in to the same degree by the two parties.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed by a vote of 96 to 3.
Stephen Breyer by a vote of 87 to 9.
Both were Clinton nominees. But what of the Bush nominees?
Samuel Alito: 58 to 42.
John Roberts: 78 to 22.