Tom Goldstein is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and lecturer at Stanford and Harvard Law Schools. He is the founder of SCOTUSblog.
A few days after the President nominated Sonia Sotomayor, I labeled the question of her confirmation "over." Along the same lines, I wanted to lay out why I think the hearings themselves will be a complete non-event.
Republicans have nothing significant to gain by making the hearing a media event, so they won't. For her part, Judge Sotomayor is likely to adhere to the modern tradition of saying as little as necessary. The result is a conspiracy of convenience in which not much is likely to happen.