OK, I admit it. I don't know a heck of a lot about President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. From what I gather, though, not knowing a heck of a lot about her seems to be pretty much the standard response as to whether or not she should be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
According to an article in the Washington Post written by Michael Gerson, Kagan is a mystery even to her closest friends and supporters. Gerson quotes Tom Goldstein, a Kagan supporter, who said,
"I don't know anyone who has had a conversation with her in which she expressed a personal conviction on a question of constitutional law in the past decade."
We'd have to assume that Obama knows where Kagan stands on the issues most important to him. Are we to believe that the President is going to put someone on the Supreme Court ......someone who can influence the direction our country will take for decades to come ...... and yet not have a clue as to how she thinks?
I know, Obama claims to have sat in the pews listening to Rev. Jeremiah Wright without hearing a word he said, but is anybody buying that?
The fact that Obama wants her on the Supreme Court is reason enough for me to say I don't. I don't like where Obama is trying to take this country; Is anyone surprised that I'd be opposed to his choice on who will replace Justice John Paul Stevens?
The identity politics have already started. The Left has launched the first volley in the cultural battle that always surrounds the Supreme Court. Ben Smith is reporting in Politico.com that Cathy Renna, a consultant for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is upset over the Wall Street Journal's putting a 1993 photo of Kagan on it's front page .......a photo of Kagan playing softball. In the bizzaro world of Liberal identity politics, seeing a photo of Kagan playing softball will lead the American public to conclude that Kagan is a lesbian. The folks in GLAAD would love to see an openly gay Supreme Court justice, but they are fearful that Kagan's chances of getting on the Supreme Court will crash if she's thought to be a lesbian.
Somehow, I've missed something. I had no idea that women playing softball equals lesbian.
Like others, I am confused as to why the WSJ would choose this particular photo.
Jenna Lowenstein, communications director for the National Stonewall Democrats said,
"I think it's strange that you'd go back 17 years to dig up a photo of someone who's one of hte [sic] most photographed women in the world today."
I wouldn't go so far as to say Kagan is one of the most photographed women in the world. I could name hundreds who've been photographed more often. I would say, however, that the photo of Kagan playing softball is probably the most flattering photo of her I've seen. It's certainly more flattering than the photo of her I posted yesterday.
We don't need to manufacture reasons to oppose Kagan. As I said, the fact that Obama likes her is reason enough for me to oppose her. This tactic of the folks in GLAAD is just an attempt to stifle any opposition to Kagan by implying that those of us who do not support her are against her simply because we think she might be gay.