Perhaps my repulsion was enhanced by listening to the lecturing and general condescension on the radio. (Really, Graham had the gall to try and bait Sotomayor into reciting the so-called “Latina Woman quote” — and from memory, no less?) As a result, it was only fitting to discover these Senators sharing this frame-within-a-frame, the tilted screen highlighting the fixed, turned-down mouth of the outlandishly-inflated Kyl alongside Graham, this perennial sidekick, alternating between thinly-disguised patronization (see above) and pure haughtiness.
Of course, what the photo primarily does is anticipate how the attacks net out, Sotomayor remaining largely peripheral to this right-wing, white male sideshow.
(image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Second day of Supreme Court confirmation hearings July 14, 2009. Washington, D.C.)