Obama Nominates a Mini-Me

What’s even better than a Chief Executive who’s never held a real job? How about a Supreme Court justice with no bench experience?

Honestly, folks, do you think I could make this stuff up?

Kagan may have had a sterling reputation as a law school dean, but as a jurist, she’s a mediocrity simply on the basis that she has no experience at all in that position. There is an argument to be made to appoint people outside of the realm of judges to the Supreme Court to get real-world perspective (the Constitution doesn’t require that an appointee be an attorney, let alone a judge), but very few people would look at Kagan’s career as anything but academic and insider politics. While Kagan may be the least objectionable of Obama’s potential appointees, the truth is that she’s a lot like Obama — an academic with no experience for the position she seeks, with a profound lack of intellectual work in her CV. Republicans who oppose Kagan should focus on those shortcomings.

Legal Insurrection (a real lawyer) says seating her will effectively kill the same sex marriage issue, at least legally.

And Stacy inquires about her right to life beliefs.

There will be more questions in the days to come…

UPDATE: Erick has some one stop shopping on Elena Kagan, who is another “blank slate” as fellow Potlucker fuzislippers notes in the comments. Yeah, like we really another one of those.


  1. Phineas said,

    May 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    COuld’ve been worse, I suppose. PBO could’ve appointed someone with real intellectual heft. As it is, Kagan likely won’t challenge the firepower of Roberts, Alito, & Scalia.

    The Rs should hit her on qualifications, vote against her, but don’t bother with the filibuster; this one isn’t worth it.


  2. fuzislippers said,

    May 11, 2010 at 8:09 am

    The more frightening thing about her similarity to BO is that she, too, is a blank slate, we have no idea what she’s about–no more than many people did about BO, so there is a LOT of projection going on from both the left and the right. We don’t know, so we are simply attributing our own hopes and fears onto her, much as everyone had their own personal idea of what hopeandchange meant to BO before he took office and began showing us what he meant and what his “fundamental transformation” would look like. Because of this, I am horrified by this nomination.

    People are using the fact that the left is just as worried about her as the right as some sort of “sign” that she must be more moderate than the right believes. This is a mistake. I think a big one.


  3. Obi's Sister said,

    May 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Well said!


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