[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/21/sotomayor.vote.delay/art.sotomayor.wed.gi.jpg" caption="Judge Sonia Sotomayor answers questions from senators during confirmation hearings last week."]
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN
Judge Sonia Sotomayor cruised through her confirmation hearings without a scratch.
Too bad we can't say the same about the seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee who tried to dent her credibility and wound up demolishing their own.
The problem wasn't that Republican senators challenged Sotomayor. That's their job. The problem was that they did their job in such an obsessive and boorish way so as to make clear to the entire country that they had no idea how to deal with someone like Sotomayor. Like when Tom Coburn of Oklahoma tried to be funny by pulling out his Ricky Ricardo accent and informing Sotomayor that she had "some 'splaining to do." All this talk about whether the nominee was ready for the senators, and the senators clearly weren't ready for the likes of her.
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