08/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Grassley Cracks Sex Joke At Hearing: "People Always Say I Have The Ability To Turn People On"

Congratulations to Senator Chuck Grassley for cracking what may be the best one-liner so far at the Sotomayor confirmation hearings; best of all, it was a sexual innuendo. Following an interruption by an anti-abortion protester during Grassley's questioning of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Senator Patrick Leahy gave him back the floor, promising the Iowa senator that the clock had been stopped on his time. Grassley, acknowledging that the protest erupted while he was speaking, said with a smile, "People always say I have the ability to turn people on." Everyone in the room immediately burst into loud laughter, and Sotomayor, in particular, seemed to appreciate a moment of humor amid a long day of tense questioning.

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