Live stream from the Sotomayor hearings: day 3

posted at 9:28 am on July 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Today at 9:30 am ET, Sonia Sotomayor returns to the Senate Judiciary Committee to continue the confirmation hearings for her nomination to the Supreme Court. So far, Sotomayor has not garnered too many favorable reviews for her performance yesterday, the first time America got to see Sotomayor in action. Today should be easier for Sotomayor, though, as the Republicans undoubtedly fired their biggest guns in the first round of questioning:


Today, the hearings should progress past Sotomayor and onto the witness list for the committee. These should provide some fireworks and sound bites, but mainly consist of people submitting either character references for the nominee, or advocacy groups testifying against her. For the most part, it will be a rehash of policy positions with little connection to Sotomayor herself.

If the panel gets to Frank Ricci today, the New Haven firefighter denied a promotion in part because of Sotomayor will lend some drama to the hearings. Don’t expect tough questioning of Ricci from either Republicans or Democrats, though. The Democrats have nothing to gain from attacking Ricci. They’ll universally praise his service to his community and the manner in which he overcame dyslexia to succeed. They don’t need to demonize Ricci in order to get Sotomayor confirmed, and so Ricci should have a pleasant day in the national spotlight.

Andrew Malcolm and his partners at Top of the Ticket have done a great job in live-blogging the hearings. Keep up with the transcripts at ToT.


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reverse sucking up by Leahy

ted c on July 15, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Do NOT question a wise Latina, racists!

SouthernGent on July 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Slightly O/T but important (I sent to tips as well) but needs to get picked up: Harry Reid has just attached the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill (S. 909) to a defense appropriations bill and closed off further amendments. Dangerous stuff.

Fallen Sparrow on July 15, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Fallen Sparrow on July 15, 2009 at 11:39 AM

That is why we need to change the law so that non-related amendments can not be attached to bills.

Wolftech on July 15, 2009 at 11:41 AM

How do you tell a wise Latina from a stupid Latina lady?

Jeff from WI on July 15, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Fallen Sparrow on July 15, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I sent ur link to a few people. outrageous, but expected these days. let’s fight til they quit.

JiangxiDad on July 15, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I can’t stand people who speak slowly and deliberately as if it makes them sound smarter. There’s a black poet lady who does the same thing. Can’t stand her either.

JiangxiDad on July 15, 2009 at 11:59 AM

maya angelou. Bring a book if you gotta listen to her.

JiangxiDad on July 15, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Is that Kirsten Gillibrand? She’ soooo idiotic.

promachus on July 15, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Rush just said she’s committing “perjury” in her testimony. Priceless.

JiangxiDad on July 15, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Argh, FOX just announced that “it’s over” as to any more questioning of Sotomayor by any Republican/s.

“Now it’s on to the closed session with the FBI bacground checks…”

A very sad day for the U.S.A., a very, very sad day.

Too bad she’ll (also) get a pass from the FBI on her high debt to income ratio. I’m sure Sotomayor or another Democrat (or all of them) will just say it’s becuase she’s “a wise Latina” and “underprivileged” that she has so much debt despite earning over $100,000. a year for quite a while now.

I do maintain that her unusually high debt indicates a person of at least questionable circumstances, and, that it leaves her available to certain compromises.

Lourdes on July 15, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I can’t stand people who speak slowly and deliberately as if it makes them sound smarter. There’s a black poet lady who does the same thing. Can’t stand her either.

JiangxiDad on July 15, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Yeah, it’s very often condescension that’s behind that. Very offensive, irritating.

I wonder if Sotomayor speaks like that intentionally to irritate. It’d be one way to accomplish “overriding” or “overruling” others, continue to annoy them to such a degree that others are over eager to get away from you.

Lourdes on July 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Do NOT question a wise Latina, racists!

SouthernGent on July 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

112 comments for the SCOTUS confirmation hearing wrapup, SG. Sounds like we have moved on from this Show Trial/Circus Sideshow. Fait accompli?

Jaibones on July 15, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Sotofinger……..

Seven Percent Solution on July 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

As a Puerto Rican speaking here, this lady disgusts me. The Dems arent out to help you Hispanic America! They just want to enslave you like blacks in an endless cycle of welfare and poverty. Wake up already

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on July 15, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Wait, I thought Specter was a Democrat?

He seems to be getting frustrated at her, quite frustrated.

“I sent this to you weeks ago and told you that I’d ask you about it today”.

Almost like the teacher telling the student that it’s going to be on the test and the student showing up without the information.

Wow, wonder if he’s going to receive a smackdown for this one.

HarryStar on July 15, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Franken being a jerk- “Sen. Cardin didn’t get out his pocket Constitution, which I have right here.”

Lothar on July 15, 2009 at 2:55 PM

What’s up with her constantly sliding her hands back and forth on the table?

txsurveyor on July 15, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Franken = clown

Ronnie on July 15, 2009 at 3:07 PM

As a Puerto Rican speaking here, this lady disgusts me. The Dems arent out to help you Hispanic America! They just want to enslave you like blacks in an endless cycle of welfare and poverty. Wake up already

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on July 15, 2009 at 1:59 PM

May I frame this?

BuckeyeSam on July 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Somebody turned the sound off, or is it just me?

RedbonePro on July 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

So far her views on the 2nd Amendment and Abortion are not clear. I can’t give her a pass on her lack of clarity on those issues. She is a pig in a poke so to speak.

There are more qualified and more honest Judges out there. Obfuscation on 2A and abortion issues is voting “present”.

This confirmation hearing is a farce. Wise Latina’s would not have made public statements like she has and Sen. Graham called her on it yesterday. She had no answers that clarified anything. She is no moderate and far from objective.

Franken is just a middle aged wise assed punk.

old trooper2 on July 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Here’s what Obama had to say back in 2005 about what makes a good judicial nominee. Hopenchange, indeed.

Bruce in NH on July 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

God Bless Sen. Sessions. He is kicking her butt. He pointed out that she is saying the opposite in hearings of what she said in the past.

Lothar on July 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM

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