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May 10, 2010

Elena Kagan: Supreme Court pick and Austen fan

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Nancy doesn't have a vote in the U.S. Senate, but if she did, I'm sure she'd support Elena Kagan, president Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.

Why? Look no further than this description from a profile in today's New York Times: "She was the razor-sharp newspaper editor and history major at Princeton who examined American socialism, and the Supreme Court clerk for a legal giant, Thurgood Marshall, who nicknamed her ‘Shorty.’ She was the reformed teenage smoker who confessed to the occasional cigar as she fought Big Tobacco for the Clinton administration, and the literature lover who reread Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice every year."

Yes, Nancy's vote would turn on the P&P reference (and maybe on the bit about being a newspaper editor). No word on whether Kagan is a fan of the more recent zombie version, which would further endear her to Nancy. As for me, I was intrigued to see Kagan's clerkship for Supreme Court Justice and Baltimore native Thurgood Marshall, whom she has called "the best lawyer of the 20th century." Still, I'm not saying how I would vote.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 9:57 AM | | Comments (7)


Those who would oppose any proposal for a Democratic president would worry about excessive liberalism. Some worry that Kagan has been a judge, Kagan Supreme Court

I think the Senate Judiciary Committee could probably use Betty White in the room during the confirmation hearings:

Susan, I beive the criticism is that Kagan has not previously held a judgeship. (Considering some of what is currently sitting on the Baltimore County bench, we need to consider this argument carefully!)

I like Kagan because she's short. Like me!

Elana Kagan is a bit of a disappointment. Although she has more-than-a-few positives that qualify her for that position, she is hardly the Liberal firebrand I was hoping for to counterbalance the the five extremist twits on that court who are trying to destroy American democracy.

The good news is that she does not have much of a paper trail so there won't be much for the Conservatives to complain about....What am I saying? Of course they'll find something to complain about. They always find something to complain about. They complain a lot. Did you ever notice that?

Tom Degan
Goshen NY

She is obviously a brilliant woman and I think there are many who brand her as a problem based solely on their dislike for President Obama's Politics.


Lol, at Tom Degan. Yes, they (republicans) complain a lot. They always find something to complain about.....
sorta like your entire comment, a massive complaint. Did you ever notice that?

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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