Like other Senators before him, he didn't get much of an answer from the Judge, who sidestepped queries all day on abortion, gun rights and much more.
That avoidance seemed to have convinced Franken to switch to his comedian side, as he brought up the old TV show "Perry Mason," which Sotomayor had indicated to another Senator that she had watched as a kid.
"What was the one case in Perry Mason," Franken said to some chuckles, "that Burger won?" as Franken referred to the District Attorney that always was defeated by Mason in the dramatic end to almost every show.
"I wish I remembered the name of the episode, but I don't," said Sotomayor.
"Didn't the White House prepare you for that?" Franken asked to growing laughter in the crowded hearing room.
After a break, Franken was mugging for the cameras when his microphone was working, but that of Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy was not, so Leahy walked over to use another mic, while Franken zipped over to the Chairman's seat, provoking even more laughter from the audience.
I figured he could only keep that jokester side of him under wraps for so long.