Day 1 of Sotomayor hearings: ‘Balls and strikes.’

During his confirmation hearings, John Roberts famously established what he viewed as the job qualifications for a Supreme Court Justice. “It’s my job to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat,” he said. (His record has proven contrary to that statement.) While discussing the candidacy of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, many Democratic Senators referenced — and refuted — Roberts’ “balls and strikes” analogy during today’s hearings. ThinkProgress’ Victor Zapanta compiled this entertaining video compilation. Watch it:

As David Waldman writes, the “balls and strikes” analogy is “a ridiculously restrictive comparison, of course, given that most cases that reach the Supreme Court (at their own choosing, by the way) aren’t about balls and strikes. If they are, they’re generally not granted review.”

TP’s Ian Millhiser live-blogged today’s hearings. Check out his coverage here.