Judge Sonia Sotomayor arrived on Capitol Hill this morning to begin meeting with senators about her nomination to the Supreme Court — and she made sure to keep quiet in public.
Sotomayor and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ignored reporters' questions as they entered Reid's office just off the Senate chamber for a private meeting at 10:20 a.m. They left about 25 minutes later and chatted together quietly as they walked down a Senate hallway.
Memories are still fresh in the Senate of then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers' nomination to the Court in 2005. Miers asked President George W. Bush to withdraw her nomination shortly after her in-person meetings with senators resulted in increased skepticism of her qualifications and judicial philosophy.
In a brief statement before the meeting this morning, Reid praised Sotomayor's academic credentials and diverse professional background as a lawyer, trial judge, and appellate judge.
"Everyone in America, I want them to understand that we have the whole package here," Reid said. He added, addressing Sotomayor, "I think your story is so compelling. Americans identify with the underdog, and you've been the underdog so many times in your life."