It’s Elena

by on May 10, 2010  •  In Supreme Court

 Congratulations to Elena Kagan, the about-to-be next nominee as a JustKaganice of the Supreme Court. She has worked hard for the golden resume that got her here, and she will be an excellent Justice. Regardless of the truth of her personal life, which she has every right to keep private (and of which I have no knowledge), we are probably about to witness an ugly anti-lesbian smear campaign, thinly disguised as typical Republican "concern" about her being "out of the mainstream."

Just tough it out, Elena — you'll win, they'll lose, and that's what matters.


3 Responses to It’s Elena

  1. Sara Turkovich May 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Professor Hunter, what do you think about the calls, by Andrew Sullivan and Peter LaBarbera and others, for Elena Kagan to declare her sexual orientation? Do you think the calls are justified? Do you think she’ll do it?

  2. Stephanie P May 10, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    I agree with you that attacks on Kagan’s sexuality will be ugly and repulsive, but what makes you so sure that she will be an excellent justice? Even on relatively minor issues like faculty hiring, a lot of progressives have raised valid concerns about her nomination. Her scholarly record is thin, to say the least — which I find alarming in the face of the right-wing radicalism of the decades in which she’s been a prominent legal academic. And while I know the positions she’s advanced as Solicitor General are Obama’s and not her own, it’s hard for me to imagine a truly progressive SG endorsing these views, even for the job. What gives you so much hope? I ask not as a challenge, but because I’d like a little something to make me more optimistic.

  3. Darren Hutchinson May 11, 2010 at 7:03 AM

    I am not sure they are going to run the unsuccessful out of the mainstream line that they tried with Sotomayor. If it didn’t work with an “up from poverty” “wise Latina,” then it will not work with the Upper-Westside elite Kagan. Of course, logic does not matter when you are simply making noise.

    So far, I have seen them argue about “experience”; the military issue will also come up…..

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