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Sonia Sotomayor: The end is near

July 16, 2009

The questioning portion of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor has wrapped up.  All that’s left are the special witnesses brought in from both sides to testify.  Judge Sotomayor has effectively wrapped up her biggest job interview ever, and my coverage of the historic event will wind up as well.  I will be writing a wrap-up piece this weekend to illustrate how important this hearing was.   Not only did we showcase how wonderful our democracy is- in maintaining the seamless shift of power between the branches of government- we got an extraordinary glimpse of the historic nominee herself.  For now, here is the summation of today’s events.

Yahoo breaks down day 4.

Here is the National Rifile Association’s (NRA) letter opposing her nomination.

Senator Lindsay Graham, (R-SC):

“To those who may be bothered by that, what do you say?” he asked.

“I regret that I have offended some people,” Sotomayor said. “I believe that my life demonstrates that was not my intent.”

To which, Graham said: “You know what judge, I agree with you.”

The South Carolina conservative seems to be laying the groundwork for a ‘yes’ vote, after saying he was reassured by her testimony.

“You have as a judge been generally been in the mainstream,” Graham said. “The Ricci case, you missed one of the biggest issues in the country or you took a pass.

“But I’m going to say that as Sen. Feinstein said you have come a long way, you have earned the respect of Ken Starr … and you have said some things that have bugged the hell out of me.”

Finally, this from judge Sotomayor after Senator Al Franken (D-MN) asked her “Why do you want to be a Supreme Court Justice?”

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