Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sotomayor seems to be an "Annie Hall" fan

Via Yglesias, this is sweet:
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 “wise Latina” speech, and contrasted the view that ethnicity and sex influence judging with that of Judge Miriam Cedarbaum, who “believes that judges must transcend their personal sympathies and prejudices.”

“My friend Judge Cedarbaum is here,” Sotomayor riposted, to Sessions’ apparent surprise. “We are good friends, and I believe that we both approach judging in the same way, which is looking at the facts of each individual case and applying the law to those facts.”

Cedarbaum agreed.

I don’t believe for a minute that there are any differences in our approach to judging, and her personal predilections have no effect on her approach to judging,” she told Washington Wire. “We’d both like to see more women on the courts,” she added.
Pretty close to a real-life Marshall McLuhan moment. (And yes, googling up the Wiki link, I found that dKos noted the parallel as well. Originality is fleeting in the Google Age.)

As the article and Yglesias go on to note, Cedarbaum was an especially odd choice for Sessions, since he and she were both nominated at the same time to the federal bench, but his nomination floundered over his kind words for the KKK. Way to transcend there, Jeff.

... I'm not sure what's funnier, Sotomayor's pointing to Judge Cedarbaum, or 10,000 liberals on the internet simultaneously going, "wow, that's just like in Annie Hall!" Probably the latter.

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