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  • 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
  • Elena Kagan to Become Only 112th Heterosexual to Serve on Supreme Court

    The big story for the day is Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's sexuality. Or lack thereof. According to a source close to Kagan, the potential justice is not a lesbian. Or, at least, a closeted lesbian. Either way, Justice Sonia Sotomayor's biggest concern will remain avoiding Clarence Thomas in the SCOTUS break room…

    "I've known her for most of her adult life and I know she's straight," said Sarah Walzer, Kagan's roommate in law school and a close friend since then. "She dated men when we were in law school, we talked about men — who in our class was cute, who she would like to date, all of those things. She definitely dated when she was in D.C. after law school, when she was in Chicago — and she just didn't find the right person."

    Oh, and there was that one guy from Canada who she met at Law Camp. And that other guy from a couple towns over. The one who looks like Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran. You never met him because his parents don't believe in cars.

    The rumor about Kagan has circulated for months on gay blogs and became a matter of controversy when it was cited as fact by a conservative blogger on the website of CBS News, drawing a sharp White House rebuttal. It has, since, been a source of particular fascination in some socially conservative circles and particularly among gay and lesbian political observers…

    "It's taking away from substantive discussion of the issues from a really substantive person who deserves to be given the opportunity to address the substantive issues," [Walzer] said.

    Really, what a silly dalliance of a question! Who could possibly ever be so ridiculous as to assume that a person's sexual self-identity — and its potential for alienating people from entire tracts of society — could ever effect the way a person views the ways that laws can shape the world we live in.

    Finally! We can now get back to the "substantive discussion" of how important the borough of New York City that a justice grew up in is in shaping their worldview…

    "They would all say the identities forged in these various boroughs propelled them forward and contributed to how they see themselves and how others see them," said Ms. Biskupic, the Scalia biographer. "I was interviewing Justice Alito about jumping in at oral argument when you’re a new justice and how do you get a word in edgewise. We were talking about the temperament of a Scalia and a Ginsburg, and he said, as somebody from Trenton, he knows how to mix it up with them."

    I, personally, cannot see how a person can formulate a coherent opinion on the constitutionality of corporate political spending if they cannot grasp the simple concept that the N express train effectively turns into the W local train after 9 pm. This is worldview shaping stuff here.

    Tags: Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan, LGBT, New York, New York City, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court
  • The Daily Show Presides Over The Best Supreme Court Appointee Moments

    While America waits with baited breath to find out why Elena Kagan — Obama's choice for Supreme Court appointment — is the evilest woman to ever walk the Earth, here's a collection of Daily Show clips on Supreme Court appointments to help us get a running start at over-reacting…

    August 6, 2009: White Men Can't Judge – Sotomayor Confirmation

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

    More videos after the jump…

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    Tags: Antonin Scalia, Arlen Specter, Elena Kagan, George W. Bush, Harriet Miers, John Paul Stevens, John Roberts, Jon Stewart, Robert Bork, Samuel Alito, Sandra Day O'Connor, Senate, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Ted Kennedy, The Daily Show
  • The Nine Most Honorable Supreme Court Moments from The Colbert Report

    Now that Justice John Paul Stevens has announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, we can pretty much expect an endless stream of appointee speculations, rehashings of nomination battles past and pretty much anything — anything! — that's vaguely SCOTUS-related until we actually want our brains to explode and just get it over with.

    So, let's get an early start on all that with this list of Stephen Colbert's nine best Supreme Court clips…

    How to Bork a Nominee

    The list continues after the jump…

    The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30pm / 10:30c.

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    Tags: Clarence Thomas, Harriet Miers, Jeffrey Toobin, Robert Bork, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Colbert, Supreme Court, The Colbert Report, Video
  • Who Wants to Date a Wise Latina Woman?

    Paul W. Downs — one of the funnier people I've met in New York City — does a pretty uncanny impersonation of Sonia Sotomayor — one of the funnier people appointed to the Supreme Court in recent years — in this speed dating sketch, which I can only assume is based on a true story…

    Tags: Sex, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court