Al Franken Lightens Up The Sotomayor Hearing

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One of the lighter moments from the Sonia Sotomayor hearings and just for fun here. Al actually did a very good job during the hearing and seemed to have the talking heads a bit astounded that he could be serious and ask some good questions, as well as funny. As long as Al continues to add this sort of humor along with his wonkiness to the debate on the Senate floor, or during hearings, I'm sure he'll manage to keep the talking heads flummoxed, or at least pretending to be. Anyone who's actually followed his biography should not be surprised by the fact that he probably just raised the collective IQ of the Senate by a few points the minute he was sworn in.

FRANKEN: OK. I -- we're going to have a round two, so I'll ask you some more questions there. What was the one case in "Perry Mason" that Berger won?

SOTOMAYOR: There -- I wish I remembered the name of the episode, but I don't. I just was always struck that there was only one case where his client was actually guilty.

FRANKEN: And you don't remember that case?

SOTOMAYOR: I know that I should remember the name of it, but I haven't looked at the episode. I...

FRANKEN: Didn't the White House prepare you for that?

SOTOMAYOR: You're right, but I was spending a lot of time on reviewing cases. No, sir. But I do have that stark memory because, like you, I watched it all of the time, every week as well. I just couldn't interest my mother, the nurse, and my brother, the doctor, to do it with me.

FRANKEN: Oh. Oh, OK. Well, I -- we -- our whole family watched it, and -- because there was no Internet at the time, you and I were watching at the same time. And I thank you, and I guess I'll talk to you in the follow-up.

SOTOMAYOR: Thank you.

LEAHY: Is the senator from Minnesota going to tell us which episode that was?

FRANKEN: I don't know. That's why I was asking. If I knew, I wouldn't have asked her.

LEAHY: All right. Well -- so, because of that, Judge, we will not hold your inability to answer the question against you.

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