Monday, May 10, 2010

Elena Kagan, Trailblazer Who Dreamed of Serving on High Court

In a long piece about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, the New York Times reveals that Kagan is a remarkable trailblazer who has long had the goal of serving on the High Court. Like Obama, Kagan is a "blank slate" who has courted Republicans. Thankfully, Obama had the sense to nominate a woman. Too bad he couldn't locate someone a little less like himself. Why is it too much to ask for him to nominate a liberal with a record of championing core progressive values?:

She was the opera-loving, poker-playing, glass-ceiling-shattering first woman to be dean of Harvard Law School, where she reached out to conservatives (she once held a dinner to honor Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia) and healed bitter rifts on the faculty with gestures as simple as offering professors free lunch, just to get them talking.

At Hunter College High School in the 1970s, Ms. Kagan was a standout in a school of ultrabright girls. At least one classmate there, Natalie Bowden, remembers she had an ambitious goal: to become a Supreme Court justice. “That was a goal from the very beginning,” Ms. Bowden said. “She did talk about it then.”

On Liberal Support for Elena Kagan
SCOTUS: Obama to Pick Elena Kagan On Monday, Rightwingers Will Be Pleased