The last to question Judge Sonia Sotomayor today was the newest senator and member of the Judiciary Committee, Al Franken.
He started with a soliloquy on how, like Sotomayor, he loved watching "Perry Mason" on TV, though he wondered aloud why she decided to become a prosecutor when the DA always lost.
"It was a great show," he said.
The only other time Franken asked questions at a Supreme Court confirmation hearing was not for real, on another TV show actually.
He played the role of Senator Paul Simon during a "Saturday Night Live" skit about the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991. Anita Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment, and in the parody, the male senators quizzed him about the best ways to pick up women.
The exchange between Franken as the nerdy Simon and Tim Meadows as Thomas:
Simon: "Well, you know when you walk in the main entrance of the Criminal Justice Building ... there's this receptionist with short brown hair?"
Thomas: "The, uh ... one at the third desk on the left?"
Simon: "No, no. The one at the big, circular desk, uh ... right there in the center there."
Thomas: "Oh, yes -- Sandy."
Simon: "Yes. Sandy. Um ... do you think that she'd go out with me?"
Thomas: "Well, Senator Simon, not knowing your technique, I feel that it would be unfair for me to prejudge your chances with her."
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