Jon Stewart managed to make Sonia Sotomayor's fairly dry confirmation hearings hilarious last night by calling out her questioners on issues of race, self-aggrandizement, and general ridiculousness. The only person who didn't look like a caricature of himself was Al Franken.
He began by showing clips of conservatives calling her racist for a 2001 speech in which she said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Of course she was talking about judicial diversity and also said, "Let us not forget that wise men like Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice Cardozo voted on cases which upheld both sex and race discrimination in our society," in the speech, but of course no one brought that up. Stewart showed clips of Republicans praising other Hispanic judges and said "We like Hispanics just not this one. Give us Alberto Gonzales, we would have confirmed the shit out of that guy."
Democrats didn't come out unscathed. Stewart mocked them mercilessly for their intense praise and emotion during the hearings. "There's no crying in confirmation hearings!" He yelled at Chuck Schumer.
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