Sotomayor has managed to disarm even senators who came prepared not to like her. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, went in thinking "she would be aggressive and maybe even a little obnoxious."Amazing. Apparently, she is not a frightening, man-hating, firery, angry, Latina she-judge after all.
"I would classify her as kind of much friendlier ... more reserved, less aggressive," than he expected, Grassley told reporters later.
For more reading on the firery Latina trope, see: Scalia v. Sotomayor: The Use of Gender-Coded Language to Evaluate a Judge's "Temperament".