Sotomayor confirmation hearings thread

I only watched a small part of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings today. I lost patience after 10 or 15 minutes of Senator Orrin Hatch asking the same questions over and over, even though she'd answered them the first time.

David Waldman liveblogged the hearings for Congress Matters. Click here for the morning session and here for the afternoon session. Waldman provided a bonus post with video of one low point: "Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, complete with his best Foghorn Leghorn stammer, reaches astonishing new levels of asshattery."

Talking Points Memo compared Senator Lindsey Graham's aggressive questioning today with his "obsequious" use of his time for questioning Judge Sam Alito. In 2006,

[Graham] took his allotted time as an opportunity to apologize to Mrs. Alito, who was upset by what was perceived to be overly tough questioning of her husband [...].

Click here for video clips of Graham.

I read that Senator Chuck Grassley got a laugh out of the room in a strange way. An anti-abortion heckler disrupted the hearings during Grassley's questioning time. After the man had been escorted from the room, Grassley said, "People always say I have the ability to turn people on." It reminded me of Grassley's somewhat off-color remark to Senator Kent Conrad during a Budget Committee meeting in March.

This thread is for any comments about today's hearings or Judge Sotomayor's confirmation in general.

UPDATE: Hilarious diary by Daily Kos user Upper West on "Sotomayor's Woody Allen/Marshall McLuhan Moment."

Tags: SCOTUS, Senate Judiciary Committee, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court (all tags)



Re: Sotomayor confirmation hearings thread

So who will declare filibuster? And who will be the first DINO to support it?

by antiHyde 2009-07-14 04:36PM | 0 recs
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If Hatch annoyed you you should have heard Sessions!

by jsfox 2009-07-14 06:38PM | 0 recs
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I only got to watch Sessions' and part of Kohl's questions.  Anyone else notice Sessions saying something about how Sotomayor and the other Puerto Rican on the court ruling the same way on a case (Ricci?)?

Oh no!  The Puerto Ricans are banding together in conspiracy against Jeff Sessions and his mint julep drinking buddies!

by TheUnknown285 2009-07-14 07:24PM | 0 recs
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Actually, he was pointing out that she could have voted differently, just like Judge Cabranes, "himself of Puerto Rican ancestry."  A truly bizarre comment.

by Steve M 2009-07-14 07:48PM | 0 recs
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I caught Senator Kyl's questioning if it can be called that.

by Charles Lemos 2009-07-14 07:31PM | 0 recs
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All I could think is "thank god that man's not a justice."

by Jess81 2009-07-14 07:55PM | 0 recs


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