Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Justice Elena Kagan?

I admit to never having heard of Elena Kagan until last week. Obama's pick to be the next Supreme Court Justice is being touted by Obama as a 'centerist', someone who can work with both sides of the aisle and can be impartial. Bullshit. Don't believe a word of it. The only person Obama would nominate is a clone of himself (at least ideologically, if not physically). She's an Ivy League elitist egghead, someone who has never served a day as a judge.

In any case, the first time I saw a photo of this person, I thought it was a joke. It looked like political commentator Dick Morris in drag. Or maybe some left wing website's photoshop job. I really had to read the story underneath to realize it really was her. I hate to be shallow and just comment on looks, but damn ... she'll fit right in with Sotomayor and Ginsburg. Get used to her ... at age 50, she'll be sitting on the court for the next 3 decades.

Update - The White House has made Kagan 'unavailable' for any interviews with the press. Instead, they produced their own 'interview' and posted it on the web - she answers Obama administration questions, and reads an Obama administration script. White House reporters are furious over this, complaining that Obama is once again using their medium to send out his message, unfiltered, unvetted, and completely partisan. You know it's bad when the head of CBS news complains about it - they're so in the tank for Obama it is pathetic.

I believe the reason for this is obvious. The White House has not completed their indoctrination of Kagan. There are a lot of issues with her that reporters and Senators are going to want to explore, many of them will be uncomfortable - not the least of which are persistent 'rumors' that she is gay. Obama's cronies aren't going to let her talk until they've crafted a response to every angle of questioning that will be posed to her.

Update II - Senate Republicans have indicated they will not block Kagan's confirmation, though they promised thorough questioning during the hearings. Fair enough. Obama won, he gets to pick his Justices. However, I am reminded of when President Bush nominated Harriet Myers, and the firestorm that set off about her not being qualified - eventually ending up in the withdrawl of her nomination. Harriet Myers was more qualified than Kagan ....

Here you have someone who has never sat on a bench. Her claim to law fame is in academia only - the perfect definition of an Ivy League law school egghead. Her lack of a history has everyone, Democrat and Republican alike, wondering who she is, what she believes. Democrats will take a positive spin on whatever she says during confirmation - since 'The One' selected her, she must be a far left wing kook.

For all the Democrats' high minded commitment to diversity, Kagan's ascension will mean that every single Justice on the Supreme Court has graduated from either Yale or Harvard Law School. Obama has contributed two of those persons. So much for diversity ...

1 comment:

Margot said...

I don't think you got your wish!