Transcript: Newt Gingrich and Howard Dean

STEPHANOPOULOS: Richard, now he's got to hope the economy comes back and at least gives him some relief.

Almost unnoticed in all of this, Judge Sotomayor became Justice Sonia Sotomayor, only the 111th justice on the Supreme Court. She was sworn in yesterday by Chief Justice John Roberts.


SOTOMAYOR: I, Sonia Sotomayor, do solemnly swear...

J. ROBERTS: ... that I will administer justice without -- so help me God.

SOTOMAYOR: So help me God.

J. ROBERTS: Congratulations, and welcome to the court.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Big day for Sonia Sotomayor, big day for the Latino community across the country. And, Peggy Noonan, I couldn't help but notice Judge Roberts had to read the oath this time.


NOONAN: And a good move that was.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Justice Roberts.

NOONAN: You know, I am one who thinks, this is still -- even though it's a cliche, a moving story, this young woman...

ROBERTS: Absolutely.

NOONAN: ... who grew up in the projects, who made her way in the world, who came forward, who in my judgment should have been confirmed, who is within the mainstream framework judicially of America, and -- and I thought it was very touching and good. And the third woman? Right on.

ROBERTS: Seeing the reactions of the groups that came together to watch the confirmation vote in the Senate -- and probably, again, yesterday for the swearing in -- I mean, these were -- these were women who were just, you know, overcome with emotion. And that's telling; that's -- that's an important thing.

But I also think that Peggy's point about Sotomayor's growing up in the projects, I think we're going to see some -- some toughness there that some of her opponents did not really anticipate. I think, you know, she's been affected by crime.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We know she's tough. We know she's a hard- worker. (CROSSTALK)

STEPHANOPOULOS: We know she was a prosecutor. But, Sam, what we really can't know is what she's going to do... DONALDSON: We don't.

STEPHANOPOULOS: ... on the court.

ROBERTS: You never know.


NOONAN: No, you don't.

DONALDSON: ... Souter, I mean, whatever, they turn out to be something -- I suspect she won't, but...


DONALDSON: ... you don't -- you don't know.

NOONAN: They don't reveal themselves.

DONALDSON: The telling thing to me, George, was only two Republicans, conservatives, who had a possible re-election at stake, Alexander from Tennessee and, from South Carolina...


DONALDSON: ... Lindsey Graham voted to confirm her. I keep telling people to remind them that, when Antonin Scalia, seen now to be the -- the engine of the right wing on the court, was up for confirmation, 98-0. Every liberal Democrat voted for him. Times have changed.

ROBERTS: Yes, but that all changed.


DOWD: That's, I think, what's happened in the last 10 or 12 years, is the polarization of the Supreme Court process...

ROBERTS: That wasn't the case with Alito.

DONALDSON: It changed. DOWD: ... where Democrats line up like they did against Alito. Even though they knew he was qualified and they knew he was an intellect, they did it, just like Republicans did against Sotomayor. They knew she was qualified, and they knew she was an intellect. I don't think it's a good thing for the Supreme Court.

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