Similar to its run-up to Hillary Clinton's confirmation hearing, the Beltway press was in overdrive about how AG nominee Eric Holder was going to face all sorts of problems (i.e. "bruising" and "grueling" hearings) because of his role in the Marc Rich pardon, which dated back to the final days of the Clinton administration. (It even had Dems squirming!)
The whole frenzy seemed like just another chance for the press to re-hash a soggy Clinton scandal. And it was.
Because just like with Hillary Clinton's polite confirmation quizzing, the promised press hype never really materialized at Holder's hearing.