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Politics Podcast: How Useless Are Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings?

After watching Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings for the better part of a week, FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon Jr. and Oliver Roeder join the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast to share what they learned. When it comes to Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy or even general worldview, it wasn’t much. Most of the meaningful speaking was done by the senators.

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Perry Bacon Jr. was a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Oliver Roeder was a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied game theory and political competition.

Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.