14th and G Podcast

Sotomayor cleared prior Senate hurdles

Still, Jamie Brown, a former Bush administration official who helped prepare both Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. for their confirmations, said getting ready for Supreme Court hearings is more intense than preparing for other nomination hearings.

She said that in the other levels of hearings, when a nominee is asked about privacy or another thorny issue, “the standard answer for a circuit nominee is if they were confirmed, they would look to Supreme Court precedent and apply the law.”

“She would need to have a complete meltdown,” Ms. Brown said.

“It’s not about changing the substance of their answers, it’s about tone and style,” said Ms. Brown.