Look who they've farmed the prep work off on:
Cynthia Hogan, chief counsel to Vice President Biden, will lead the White House team, with assistance from several other Biden aides. Former Obama campaign adviser and transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter will handle message and communications, two administration officials tell CNN.
The vice president, a veteran of Supreme Court nominations from his time on the Judiciary Committee, is also expected to play a key role, an administration official confirmed to CNN.
This helpful graphic may clarify the point:
That's from the Alito hearings, which the Democrats rather badly wanted to short-circuit, but couldn't. I concur in the implicit advice suggested by that graphic and the end of the CNN article: GOP Senators, make Sotomayor talk and talk and talk. Short questions, make her clarify everything, and the Senators going on later, keep track of what she was saying earlier and ask her about that. And here is my radical suggestion for these hearings:
I want every Republican Senator on that committee to set a goal of no more than 1,000 words for questions, and stick to it.
These are days for boldness.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.