Like Glenn Greenwald, I'm puzzled by the attacks on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's intellectual abilities in Jeffrey Rosen's TNR profile. I've appeared in front of Judge Sotomayor twice (admittedly many years ago) and I've practiced in her jurisdiction for many years, and "not that bright" is the last way I would describe her. No lawyer agrees with every opinion a judge writes, and I haven't always agreed with Judge Sotomayor, but the idea that she's "not the brainiest of people" has honestly never entered my mind. She's very bright, and she definitely has the intellectual firepower to sit on the Supreme Court. Questioning a federal circuit judge's "command of technical legal details" is frankly insulting, and I find it hard to believe that those criticisms weren't personal. Very bizarre.