In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s confirmation hearing took place exactly five weeks from the date of Clinton’s announcement and four weeks after the official nomination. She was confirmed exactly two weeks later. She had a massive record of cases from her decade-plus on the D.C. Circuit, and also had lots of publications. And, of course, for those who mistakenly think that “balance” is a relevant consideration, her replacement of Justice Byron White altered the Court more than any nominee’s replacement of O’Connor will do.
Bottom line: There’s no reason that the next confirmation hearing need be any later than four weeks from the time of the President’s nomination.