Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Advice for a Supreme Court Nominee From a Former Chief of Staff


Ken Duberstein, President Ronald Reagan's last chief of staff and a supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid, gives U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Sonya Sotomayor, some unsolicited advice on navigating the dangerous waters of the confirmation process.



  • Personal stories are compelling every time.

  • Begin your senatorial courtesy calls almost immediately.

  • Practice, practice, practice.

  • Be prepared for the kitchen sink at the hearings.

  • The Constitution stops at the foot of Capitol Hill.

  • Tell the truth, always.

  • Senators welcome mea culpas in your oral testimony.

  • Pause for seven seconds before you answer any question.

  • Have an answer for the one question you didn't want to be asked -- because you will undoubtedly be asked that question.

  • Senators usually depart when the cameras are turned off, but remember: The microphone will still be on.

  • Bonus: "You have the best lobbyist in the world at your disposal... the president of the United States, and a popular one at that. Use the president's influence judiciously -- but use it."

No comments:

White House.gov Photo Gallery Feed

White House.gov Blog Feed

White House Flickr Photostream

There was an error in this gadget

Daily History for U.S. Presidents

American Memory Search

Site Meter

WIKIO

Wikio - Top Blogs - Politics

Followers