Harry Reid, Blissfully Ignorant

What does Harry Reid think about Judge Sotomayor?

“We have the whole package here,” he announced in his office yesterday morning with the smiling Sotomayor seated to his left, her hands folded neatly in her lap. Further, Reid said to her, “you’ve been an underdog many times in your life but always the top dog.”

What else? She ““is going to be a fantastic, superb Supreme Court justice.”

On what past work does he base this judgment?

“I understand that during her career, she’s written hundreds and hundreds of opinions,” Reid said. “I haven’t read a single one of them, and if I’m fortunate before we end this, I won’t have to read one of them.”

Unsurprising but depressing! As Gene Healy’s cult of the presidency continues apace, it is equally remarkable that the legislative branch so often seems unable or unwilling to carry out basic functions proscribed by the Constitution. This is a lifetime appointment! And Harry Reid feels comfortable consenting to it having read less of Judge Sotomayor’s work than I have?

(Hat tip Radley Balko)