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July 14, 2009

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Boy, If Life Were Only Like This

Ezra Klein writes that “I imagine that when Sonia Sotomayor is putting together her scrapbook of memories from the time she was nominated for the United States Supreme Court, this will be a page she’ll particularly treasure”:

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 “wise Latina” speech, and contrasted the view that ethnicity and sex influence judging with that of Judge Miriam Cedarbaum, who “believes that judges must transcend their personal sympathies and prejudices.”

“So I would just say to you, I believe in Judge Cedarbaum’s formulation,” Sessions told Sotomayor.

“My friend Judge Cedarbaum is here,” Sotomayor riposted, to Sessions’s apparent surprise. “We are good friends, and I believe that we both approach judging in the same way, which is looking at the facts of each individual case and applying the law to those facts.”

Cedarbaum agreed.

“I don’t believe for a minute that there are any differences in our approach to judging, and her personal predilections have no affect on her approach to judging,” she told Washington Wire. “We’d both like to see more women on the courts,” she added.

Oh yeah? Well that’s funny, because I happen to have Mr McLuhan right here:

Posted July 14, 2009 at 11:20 | Comments (10) | Permasnark
File under: Movies, Snarkpolitik


Oops, it's not like Sessions' thoughts on race had anything to do with his failed confirmation when he was up for a seat on the Federal bench:

It got worse. Another damaging witness--a black former assistant U.S. Attorney in Alabama named Thomas Figures--testified that, during a 1981 murder investigation involving the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions was heard by several colleagues commenting that he "used to think they [the Klan] were OK" until he found out some of them were "pot smokers." Sessions claimed the comment was clearly said in jest. Figures didn't see it that way. Sessions, he said, had called him "boy" and, after overhearing him chastise a secretary, warned him to "be careful what you say to white folks." Figures echoed Hebert's claims, saying he too had heard Sessions call various civil rights organizations, including the National Council of Churches and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, "un-American." Sessions denied the accusations but again admitted to frequently joking in an off-color sort of way. In his defense, he said he was not a racist, pointing out that his children went to integrated schools and that he had shared a hotel room with a black attorney several times.

I can't believe this guy is in the Senate.

Yeah - I think it's best to assume that Republican disavowals of racism, homophobia, etc., are graded on an extremely sliding scale.

Wow. I didn't know Snarkmarket and TNR were crossposting. (PS, At least you had the idea first.)

Posted by: Zack on July 14, 2009 at 01:03 PM

You're damned right I posted it first. Zengerle. Hack. ;)

Never seen Annie Hall, but this is why God invented Netflix (and by god I mean Reed Hastings).

Annie Hall is by near-universal acclaim Woody Allen's best movie and might be the best modern romantic comedy.

It's also one of the best movies about movies that isn't totally about the movies.

(A little bit hard to imagine, but at the time Annie Hall was released, having the protagonist of a movie talk directly into the camera, Zack Morris-style, was fresh and startling.)

I usually think of it as the Groucho Marx move, but yes... Zack Morris did it a lot, too. And with John Cusack in High Fidelity, you can see how you can get from Woody Allen to Judd Apatow in two moves.

Probably should give a shout-out to Matthew Broderick's Ferris Bueller in any pop-culture timeline for breaking the fourth wall, no?

Posted by: Carl Caputo on July 14, 2009 at 09:50 PM

A timeline of movie protagonists talking to the camera -- with video clips. This would be a Very Good Thing.

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