Monday, May 10, 2010

Kagan for the Court

Not unexpectedly, Elena Kagan was announced as Obama's nominee for SCOTUS. I don't really have much of an opinion on it. I gave up on reading the tea leaves about prospective justices around the time the eminent domain case Kelo was decided. It was the supposed liberal judges that supported that ill-advised decision. I'm of the mind that you can't really predict what they're going to do ahead of time. That kind of power changes people.

That being said, I've pulled out a few links from the mass reactions that seem useful. Media Matters has Myths and falsehoods about Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination. Newshoggers flags The Ten Biggest Issues Elena Kagan Will Face and Swampland has a good roundup of first reactions among the bobblehead crowd.

Needless to say Glenn Greenwald is not thrilled but his reaction was pretty subdued considering his pre-emptive attempts to derail the nomination before it ever got off the ground. But he's right in that it's pretty much over except for the voting. As he said on Twitter, "The Right will attack and smear Kagan for political gain, but make no serious effort to defeat her nomination." Neither will most progressives or Democrats put up much of a fight.

Which isn't to say there won't be much blogviating in days to come. And as expected, her rumored sexual orientation will be discussed at length. For myself at this point, I'm finding the most heartening news is she's a Mets fan. Someone who joins me in cheering for the underdog team can't be all bad.

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