Sotomayor Hearings End With Few Lessons Learned
By Ben Pershing
The confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination are over, and there is precious little we know now that we didn't know four days ago.
We know Republicans won't filibuster her, but we already knew that, since Jon Kyl and John Cornyn said essentially the same thing before the hearings began. We know that Sotomayor was well-coached to speak generally about a lot of subjects, but specifically about almost none. We know that senators like to hear themselves talk. We know that empathy and foreign law are bad, the Constitution is good and a "wise Latina" nominee will never take the bait and confess to harboring judgment-altering prejudice.
The much-anticipated appearance of Frank Ricci and a fellow New Haven firefighter largely fell flat Thursday, though through no fault of their own. Dana Milbank writes that Ricci "was to be Sonia Sotomayor's Anita Hill," but then never really seized the spotlight to criticize Sotomayor much or say why she didn't belong on the court. He did not become Anita Hill, nor even Joe the Plumber. David Cone's appearance was similarly uneventful, and he could have provided a more valuable public service by hopping a cab down South Capitol Street and suiting up to help the Nationals.
Posted at 8:30 AM ET on Jul 17, 2009
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