• Elena Kagan Confirmed, First Softball-Playing Justice on Bench

    For the first time in U.S. history, we will have three women serving concurrently on the Supreme Court: Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and whatshername? You know, the hot one. Sandy something.

    Anyway, the important thing is that everyone was in agreement that she was the best person for the job. Perfect agreement

    Five Republicans joined 56 Democrats and two independents in supporting the nomination; 36 Republicans and one Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, opposed her…

    The sharp partisan divide over the nomination illustrated the increasing political polarization of fights over high court nominees, who in years past were backed by both parties in the absence of some disqualifying factor. Ms. Kagan received fewer Republican votes than Justice Sotomayor, who was supported by nine in her 68-31 confirmation on Aug. 6, 2009. Democrats balked at President George W. Bush’s nominee, Samuel A. Alito Jr., with only four endorsing him in a 58 to 42 vote in January 2006.

    You see? It's not that the Republicans (and Ben Nelson) suck. It's that everybody in the Senate sucks. And that, ultimately, is agreement enough, isn't it?

    Tags: Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito, Senate, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court


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