Quick note from the world of politics: Sonia Sotomayor, she of the Maurice Clarett decision and the influence in ending the baseball strike, is facing her confirmation hearings today. Whether you approve of her nomination A) depends on your political partisanship, and B) is completely irrelevant. Sorry, we don’t care what you think about her viability as a Supreme Court Justice. That’s not what we’re here to talk about.
(She’s not even wearing umpire’s gear! Reject her at once!)
What we do want to discuss, though, is the pervasive inanity of the senators on the Judiciary Committee when it comes to her hearings. Democrat or Republican, it makes no difference: hamfisted sports references are as bipartisan as they are abundant today. Get ready for some total head-scratchers and reminders that nobody debases politics as effectively as the politicians themselves.