Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Elena Kagan

President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General and ex-Dean of Harvard Law School to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court.

First of all, to those fools that are saying she’s not qualified, please get serious. She was the Dean of Harvard Law School for crying out loud. She’s knows the law even if she’s never been a sitting judge. A mix of theory and practice is always a good idea.

Other than that, I don’t know. My immediate reaction was she looks like a lady dwarf from World of Warcraft. How the hell can you be that short?

Then there is the question of her sexual orientation.

I assume the question comes up simply because she’s unmarried rather than due to any actual evidence that she might be gay. At the risk of being boorish, someone with Kagan’s physical attributes isn’t exactly going to have to beat off guys with a stick so I wouldn’t read too much into the fact she’s single.

Still, it would be sort of neat if after her confirmation she came out of the closet. It might even be neater if she did it before her confirmation. That would be a whole lot of fun.

The reality is she’s not gay and she is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court bench. I’d like to know a little bit more about her position on the key issues but, she’s Jewish so it’s not very likely she’ll side with the Christian Right; she survived Harvard so it’s unlikely she’s got too many right wing ideas and Obama picked her so she’s probably not a flaming pink liberal either although I’m willing to bet she’s a member of the ACLU.

My thinking is that she’s a left of center legal scholar with a gift for convincing people to see things her way. If that’s so, she might well be the perfect pick.

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