Senate Judiciary Committee questioning of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor ended Thursday on a friendly note, with Republicans joining Democrats in praising her demeanor and thoughtfulness, even as GOP senators expressed frustration that she had not fully answered their concerns.

“You’ve been great during this process,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told the 55-year-old judge from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, appointed by President Barack Obama to replace retired Justice David Souter. Committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., praised her “intelligence, grace and patience.”

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