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Elena Kagan

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 Oh, you, Ms. Kagan.  I woke up this morning and there you were–everywhere.  Nominated for the Supreme Court.  NBD.

Some facts I learned:

  • If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the youngest person on the Supreme Court at age 50.
  • She would become the nation’s 112th justice.
  • “Her presence would result in 3 female justices on a nine-member court for the first time in history.” (NPR)
  • She would be the fourth female to serve on the court.
  • She would be the first justice nominted to the court in 40 years without prior judicial experience.
  • She was a domestic policy advisor for the Clinton administration.
  • Both Kagan and Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School.
  • As Harvard Law dean, she signed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that law schools did not have to allow the US Military to recruit on campus because of don’t-ask, don’t-tell.
  • Lawrence Lessig argues that Kagan has the power to “make majorities,” and could persuade more conservative members of the court.

More Elena Kagan at NPR, HuffPost, WSJ, Gawker

Gawker’s take is amazing.

A MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD LIBERAL? You think she is pretty good! You trust Obama to make the right decision, and Kagan’s stint in both the Clinton and Obama administrations endears her toward you. You are maybe a little troubled by her apparent views in support of strong executive authority, but she is pro-choice and progressive on gay rights. Larry Lessig likes her!

A HARD-LEFT COLLEGE GRADUATE? You think she is a total letdown. Not only is the whole executive authority totally bumming you out, but you are super annoyed with Obama for once again going with the path of least resistance—in this case a relatively moderate nominee—instead of putting up a fight for a more left-wing candidate. Sure, maybe Kagan will turn out to be Friedrich fuckin’ Engels on the court, but how will anyone know? Her record is almost nonexistent—unlike your first choice Diane Woods.

A PROTESTANT? Oh, man, bummer for you. If Kagan is confirmed, the only religious groups represented on the Supreme Court will be Catholics and Jews. If only there was a place in U.S. politics for Protestants!


Written by doorr

May 10, 2010 at 9:17 am

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