Elena Kagan was sworn-in as fourth woman to sit on the US Supreme Court, today, and the third currently seated female justice.
And Antonin Scalia tripped, but is ok…in case you were wondering.
(Rafael Suanes / MCT / June 29, 2010)
Elena Kagan‘s nomination went to the floor of the senate today. Her nomination to our country’s highest bench will be debated on the floor, but her confirmation is all but assured. In fact, with five Republicans already stating that they will vote for Kagan’s nomination, the debates will have less to do with her being on the bench and more to do with the posturing of Senators for C-SPAN and their home town voters. So, barring a major cataclysm or revelations that Kagan is an illegal alien, Kagan will soon take her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court…and will never need another job interview, again.
Oh, and I suppose I should note the odd Democrat that has decided to vote against Kagan. Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska has decided to side with the majority of Republicans in voting against Kagan. He’s citing “social issues” as the reason. He said he had:
“heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms. Kagan, and her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns raised by Nebraskans, or to reach a level of comfort that these concerns are unfounded.”
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Ok, I promise this will be the last thing I say about the Twilight phenom on this blog. And I would say anymore, except that a few more things popped up over the weekend, and I thought they merited noting here.
During her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Solicitor General Elena Kagan was jokingly asked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, for her thoughts on a particularly pressing issue.
Noting the “incredibly grueling day” Ms. Kagan had on Tuesday, Ms. Klobuchar remarked, “I guess it means you missed the midnight debut of the third ‘Twilight’ movie last night.” After some laughter, she added: “We did not miss it in our household, and it culminated in three 15-year-old girls sleeping over at 3 a.m.”
Ms. Kagan said she was not able to see “Eclipse,” but Ms. Klobuchar nonetheless continued, “I keep wanting to ask you about the famous case of Edward versus Jacob or the vampire versus the werewolf.”
“I wish you wouldn’t,” Ms. Kagan said.
“I know you can’t comment on future cases,” Ms. Klobuchar said. “So I’ll leave that alone.”
(via New York Times and Above the Law)
A few questions for Elena #Kagan, a la George Will. http://ow.ly/24qQE
Scalia thinks it’s a good thing that Kagan is not a judge.
“When I first came to the Supreme Court [in 1986], three of my colleagues had never been a federal judge,” Scalia said. “William Rehnquist came to the bench from the Office of Legal Counsel. Byron White was deputy attorney general. And Lewis Powell … was a private lawyer in Richmond and had been president of the American Bar Association.”
“I am happy to see that this latest nominee is not a federal judge—and not a judge at all,” Scalia said.