At the start of the Sotomayor Senate Confirmation Hearings I made a prediction that the Senators, so acutely aware of the cameras, would pose and vogue in the spotlight, taking away time for the nominee to speak.
I predicted we would hear far more words from the Senators than from Sotomayor.
Since blogger Andrew Malcolm over at the LA Times blog "Top of the Ticket" is doing the hard work of posting the transcripts everyday, I decided to count the words and see if my prediction was true.
Day One which consisting of Opening Statements proved me right. See those numbers here.
Day Two, the start of questioning, again showed the Senators more interested in the sound of their own self-serving "monologues pretending to be questions" than the were hearing from Judge Sotomayor.
Here is the breakdown showing the number of words spoken by each Senator during their questioning of Sotomayor and the number of words Sotomayor used in answering their questions:
Senator Leahy:* 2284 Judge Sotomayor: 2172
Senator Sessions:* 2688 Judge Sotomayor: 1756
Senator Kohl: 1649 Judge Sotomayor: 2297
Senator Hatch: 2571 Judge Sotomayor: 1843
Senator Feinstein: 1695 Judge Sotomayor: 1797
Senator Grassley: 1292 Judge Sotomayor: 2392
Senator Feingold: 2625 Judge Sotomayor: 1577
Senator Kyl: 3404 Judge Sotomayor: 1369
Senator Schumer: 2539 Judge Sotomayor: 1708
Senator Graham: 2785 Judge Sotomayor: 1347
Senator Durbin: 2465 Judge Sotomayor: 1528
* Senators Leahy and Sessions, as the Master of Circucs Ceremonies, have also had plenty of other words to say at the hearing outside of their examination of Judge Sotomayor.
Here are the Day Two totals for words spoken:
Judge Sotomayor: 19,786
Here are the spoken word totals for both days:
The purpose of this hearing is to find out what we can about Judge Sotomayor, but the Senators are talking instead of her more than 70% of the time.