All New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand had to do on Monday was introduce Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Unfortunately, she screwed that all up, so now she will face seven primary challengers. Glenn Thrush has the scoop on Gillibrand's inability to stop talking about Sotomayor without someone applying duress.
In a move that induced cringes in the gallery, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) cut her off in the middle of her extremely long introductory statement on Sotomayor -- telling Gillibrand the committee needed to speed up Sotomayor's swearing-in.
"20 more seconds?" she asked.
"Okay." he said.
She skipped a half-page and hit the coda: "I strongly support Judge Sotomayor's nomination..."
Gillibrand later attempted to put the matter behind her, quipping, "I wasn't aware that the five-minute rule was in effect... or I would have been shorter." Of course, the "five-minute rule" actually refers to the amount of time any senator is allowed to fondle David Brooks' leg at dinner. Jesus, Gillibrand is such a noob!
Anyway, now Justice Roberts will have to reintroduce Sotomayor in a private Oval Office ceremony for her nomination to count, and even afterwards, people will probably demand she brandish her birth certificate at all times.
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