Supreme Court Nominations

This Week's News: Meet Elena Kagan, Supreme Court Nominee


A smorgasbord of of news rounding out the week concerning the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan for a U.S. Supreme Court seat focuses not only on her qualifications for the job and political views (as best they can be determined), but personal qualities and marital status (single).

A Media Matters for America post yesterday also goes into considerable detail about why it is not appropriate to proof-text the thesis Kagan submitted decades ago as a college senior for purported evidence that she is a socialist and/or a radical.

As of right now, it appears that she’s on a relatively smooth glide path toward confirmation, although that could, of course, change.

Among the wide-ranging Kagan coverage this week:

ABAJournal.com: “Kagan’s Civil Procedure Class Was ‘Nothing Short of Terrifying,’ Blogger Says”

Associated Press: “Conservative friends rise in support of Kagan”

Blog of Legal Times: “Kagan Sparks a New York State of Mind”

Houston Chronicle (opinion): “No judicial résumé? No problem in Texas”

Palm Beach Post: “Kennedy: Supreme Court nominee will create a new ‘dynamic’”

Cynthia Tucker (Atlanta Journal-Constitution): “Is it a sin to be ambitious, single and female?”

Chicago Tribune (opinion): “A single woman of a certain age may be history”

Los Angeles Times: “On the Media: The debate over Elena Kagan’s sexuality”

44 Politics and Policy (Washington Post): “Elena Kagan in her own words”


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