Judicial confirmation hearings tend to be highly boring affairs. Ever since Judge Bork chose to mix it up with the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing for a seat on the United States Supreme Court and, got “borked” for his effort, nominees have been loath to say anything that might give the opposition the necessary leverage to stop their confirmation. Now, nominees come loaded with platitudes about calling the legal equivalent of “balls and strikes” or refusing to “prejudge cases” by having substantive discussion about different areas of the law. In other words, you get hours of senators asking either important questions that go unanswered or asking inane questions that are followed with equally inane answers. For this reason, I, someone who teaches and writes about courts and constitutional politics for a living, tend to avoid watching confirmation hearings.