From this day forward, NEVER say "Confirmation. Don't do it! Sorry to "shout"-- I don't mean to be rude, but DON'T DO IT.
What we need is another term for the hearings...Below the fold, I have some ideas to discuss...
Investigation-- I like this one. It's a little dirty, so if you don't like it, that's fair. But this is an investigation: We are trying to find out about this guy who we aren't electing, but who will have his (very powerful) job for the rest of his life. It warrants investigation, and that word is loaded with the flavor of guilt and intrigue...it impunes him from the start (which is good for us!)
Questionings-- maybe not as overtly loaded as "investigation", but still better than "C.H." I don't like this one as much, because it points us out to be the "meanies" which is the strategy from the right.
What others can you think of?