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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kagan Kabuki - Why so serious?

The Elena Kagan nomination hearings in the Senate are surreal on a couple fronts.

First, everybody - Republicans, Democrats, and journalists on the left and right - are pretending that we want to find out what kind of Supreme Court Justice Dean Kagan would make. She is a hard-left political lawyer with no publication record and no experience as a judge. She will of course be a hard-left political Supreme Court Justice with no experience in judicial opinion writing and no prior experience as a judge. How is this any sort of mystery? One could probably predict with a high level of accuracy which way she will vote on almost any case. The only interesting thing will be examining how convoluted the reasoning is in her written opinions.

Second, I read somewhere that Kagan (and Sotomayor before her) both made opening statements avowing their dedication to the Constitution, statements that could have been made by John Roberts. I heard neither of them so I don't know if this is true. If it is though, how does the hard-left justify its view of a "living Constitution" if even hard-left judicial nominees have to deny the view in public?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Steyn on the Hapless Mr. Obama...

"Barack Obama was supposed to be the best, the very best, and yet he is always, reliably, consistently mediocre"

Full column is here.