Two Democratic senators said Tuesday they’re not happy with how the Senate Judiciary Committee conducts confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees.

As the committee prepared to vote on Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., bemoaned what he called a “familiar pattern” in confirmation hearings. Nominees, he said, take the “path of least resistance” when they refuse to answer almost all of senators’ questions about the substance of law.

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