Sonia Sotomayor's Opening Statements as Senate Confirmation Hearings Begin

The Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings for the next Supreme Court justice began today on Capitol Hill and Sonia Sotomayor directly addressed those who have concerns about whether or not her personal experiences will adversely affect her ability to make impartial decisions. "In each case I have heard," Sotomayor told the Senate Judiciary Committee, "I have applied the law to the facts at hand. My personal and professional experiences help me listen and understand, with the law always commanding the result in every case." 

Battle lines were clearly drawn in what promises to be a completely partisan process which will more than likely end in her confirmation. Democrats predictably focused on Sotomayor's impeccable judicial record and inspiring life story, while Republicans criticized her "wise Latina" statement over and over again. Sotomayor, supported by her 81-year-old mother and her brother Juan, spent the majority of the day listening to Senators, who apparently really like to hear themselves speak. We're looking forward to less bloviating and more of Sotomayor's intelligent and concise answers in the days to come.

Take a look at Sotomayor's opening remarks and tell us: Do you think Sonia Sotomayor will be easily confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice?