The following exchange between Judge Sotomayor and our good friend Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, serves to summarize today's hearing:
GRAHAM: You have, I think, consistently, as an advocate, took a point of view that was left of center. You have, as a judge, been generally in the mainstream.
The Ricci case, you missed one of the biggest issues in the country or you took a pass. I don't know what it is. But I am going to say this, that, as Senator Feinstein said, you have come a long way. You have worked very hard. You have earned the respect of Ken Starr. And I would like to put his statement in the record.
And you have said some things that just bugged the hell out of me.
The last question on the "wise Latina woman" comment. To those who may be bothered by that, what do you say?
SOTOMAYOR: I regret that I have offended some people. I believe that my life demonstrates that that was not my intent to leave the impression that some have taken from my words.
GRAHAM: You know what, Judge? I agree with you. Good luck.
The Huffington Post did a remarkable summary, including video, of the best moments of today's hearing, and I don't wish to reinvent a superb blog entry.
Read it HERE.
Full transcript of the hearings HERE.
Live video of hearings HERE.