We now know the really damning charge against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor: she’s clearly a plagiarist. Today at her Senate hearing, she totally ripped off Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. The top Republican on the committee, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, quoted Reagan judicial appointee Miriam Cedarbaum (she was nominated at the same time Sessions was, but his nomination was rejected by the Senate; he then wound up being elected to that self-same Senate) to make a point against Sotomayor. Sotomayor replied that “my friend Judge Cedarbaum is here [in the room],” and that “we both approach judging in the same way.” Cedarbaum later told the Wall Street Journal that she agreed with Sotomayor.
This is, of course, exactly what happens in the scene in Annie Hall where Woody Allen listens to a guy pontificate about Marshall McCluhan, and imagines bringing on McCluhan himself to tell the guy that “you know nothing of my work.” Can the Senate afford to confirm a judge whose real life is apparently taken beat for beat from Woody Allen’s fantasy life? It would be irresponsible not to speculate.