Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings continue today. She “mostly listened” yesterday as the Senators talked. And talked. And talked. My personal favorite comments came from South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham. He told the judge, “Unless you have a complete meltdown, you are going to be confirmed.” That’s nice of him. Speaking about her now infamous quote about being a “wise Latina” (he misspoke and said “Latino”), Graham said, “If I ever said something remotely like that, my career would have been over.” Yeah, I think if a white guy made a speech talking about his experiences as a “wise Latina woman”, that would effectively end his career in politics. Maybe he could get a job at Duane Reade, though. Here’s Graham in all of his Grahamy glory.
Al Franken made his Senatorial debut, and it looks like he’ll be as boring in that role as he was funny in his previous ones. He was interrupted by an anti-abortion protester. Here’s a clip:
The hearings were interrupted three times by anti-choice activists, and arrests were made. One of the folks arrested was Norma McCorvey, aka “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade. McCorvey reportedly told a local paper, “I’m here to overturn Roe and defeat Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.” Next item on her to-do list: stop at the store and pick up a quart of milk.
A couple of items that I liked but didn’t have room for yesterday:
- Zoos are in trouble. That’s too bad. I like the zoo.
- Some people want to ban smoking in the military. Even in combat. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m kind of inclined to say that anyone who is actively involved in a war can have a cigarette if they want to.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys. I might actually watch. He’s a funny guy. Here is his closing number from this year’s Tony Awards.
Finally, people are spending less on school supplies. Perhaps this is because school doesn’t start until September? No, silly. It’s the economy. Acually, this news tells us that people are PLANNING to spend less on school supplies when the time comes. Personally, I can’t even think about school now. Camp just started.