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Inside the Beltway
It’s not just Kaganville. Or Kagantown. Brace for a Kagan-centric world as Senate Judiciary hearings begin for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kaganon Monday, staged before 12 Democrats and seven Republican lawmakers who have their own agenda. Broadcasters have promised gavel-to-gavel coverage, riddled with their own experts from all sides of the political spectrum. The Associated Press has deemed the process a “nationally televised job interview.”
It’s more than that, though. Ms. Kagan has become “Lady Kaga,” a kind of media-fueled, pop-cultural, larger-than-life figure whose legal prowess, personal life, sartorial style and academic background are all part of the show. The name first surfaced in the legal blog “Above the Law,” incidentally. The hearings will present a dramatic tableau for the nominee and her inquisitors, and confusion for most Americans - who respect the Supreme Court but know little of Ms. Kagan, according to a new C-Span survey. Some worry about the serious implications lurking behind these many distractions.
“Solicitor General Elena Kagan is far outside the mainstream of American legal thought, out of step with Main Street Americans, and lacks any substantial qualifications to sit on the Supreme Court,” say researchers from the Judicial Crisis Network, who have issued a “white paper” on the nominee.
“Using his ‘empathy’ standard, President Obamahas nominated someone who will be a rubber stamp for his radical liberal agenda and views the Constitution as inconvenience,” the paper says, noting that Ms. Kagan has accrued a “consistent record” of anti-life advocacy, an “extreme record on the Second Amendment” and will provide a “key vote to impose same-sex marriage.”
“In the past, when liberal organizations chose to do ‘battle’ with a Republican appointee to the court, the networks chronicled the effort and showcased the complaints of left-wing groups. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, these same networks seem decidedly uncurious about the confirmation ‘fight’ over Elena Kagan,” says Rich Noyes, research director of the Media Research Center.
Bumper sticker spotted in Stafford, Va.
“I had a life but my job ate it.”
Bumper sticker spotted in Harrisburg, Pa.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Arizona Gov. Jan Breweris having a hard time getting President Obamato send her some unmanned drones to help patrol the border. All the drones are now in the White House.”
From an Inside the Beltway reader on Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H.
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