This type of questioning must have come as quite a surprise to Judge Sotomayor as Dems have been tossing softballs to her all week. From the hearings thus far, we've learned that Sotomayor has an 'inspiring life story' and that she's a 'great American.' The hard-hitting questions of new-kid-on-the-block Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) included asking the nominee whether particular words (privacy, birth control, etc.) could be found in the text of the U.S. Constitution. It's bad enough that a high school civics student could've answered Sen. Franken's questions, but more distressing is the fact that any United States Senator would degrade his Constitutional duty of "advice and consent" and use limited committee time for investigating a candidate for the highest court in the land by asking such silly questions.
Senator Kyl, I commend you for your poignant and fair questioning.
Stay tuned... Witness testimony is on today's agenda, including Ricci himself.