Sunday, July 12, 2009

To Grill Or Not To Grill Sotomayor

How tough will senators be on Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor when she appears before them for U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings in the morning?

Republicans are promising to ask her tough questions about her judicial record and public statements. But they probably will treat her deferentially.

She appears before them armed with her personal history of triumph over poverty and other adversity in her life to work her way to a federal appeals court panel. And then, there's her foot.

Yes, her broken foot. Which will remain elevated during her testimony - doctor's orders you know - as a constant reminder that, well, she broke it while campaigning on Capitol Hill in support of her nomination. Sort of like a political war wound. Which senators, in particular the Democrats who control the Judiciary Committee, will probably each refer to as they officially greet her before asking her questions.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for opening this discussion. I'm sure it's going to be a circus so the Republicans can get some payback for Robert Bork. I'm so sick of these partisan politicians playing the "Gotcha!" game while we're fighting for survival. This will just another demonstration of politics as usual in D.C., I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

I predict: Lightly grilled, with a squeeze of lemon.

Brinna Nanda

Anonymous said...

The Repubs will vote against her in well practiced lockstep, led by Grand Wizard Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III who will try and paint her as racially hyper-cognizant (yeah, I know, the irony). They'll engage in the usual grandstanding and trot out the worn bromides.

The Dems will supply the drama trying to make sure they can keep any Blue Dogs from once again carrying the conservative water pail.

In a way, I have to feel most minds are made up and votes might as well be cast now.

Kevin Lee

Anonymous said...

It will be similar to the kabuki theater we saw earlier this year with Tim Geithner. Oh, sure, there was the tempest in a teapot about his tax issues. But did anyone for one second think he wasn't going to get approved?

I wish the grandstanding sons of bitches and bitches on both sides of the aisle would shut the bleep up, vote yes or no, and get it over with.

Does anyone think there actually is someone who is on the fence about how they're voting?

Tony Wang