Fake Outrage on the Left Over Kagan
In Elena Kagan, who is just one year apart from him in age, Obama has found somebody whose biography, temperament, and values (as far as they are known) closely resemble his own.
Like Obama, Kagan graduated Harvard Law School and taught law at the University of Chicago. Look into the backgrounds of Obama and Kagan, and you’ll find evidence of radicalism that was tempered by personal ambition. Obama served as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review and Kagan was the school’s first female dean, and they both had a reputation for treating conservatives fairly, despite ideological disagreements. Just as Obama ran for president on a thin public record, Kagan doesn’t offer much of a paper trail, leaving her views on many key issues open to speculation.
The left had no problem with President Obama's thin resume because they believed him to be a progressive, which he is. And even if he weren't, well, he's a Democrat who can get elected, and anyway, it's the presidency. The Supreme Court, however, is forever, and the libs want to make sure that Kagan is sufficiently left ideologically that they can be sure she'll vote a certain way on certain issues. We'll see how hard they pursue potential sources of information. We'll see if the left is concerned about her ethics.
I also wonder why the left even feigns disgruntlement. I mean, really. Would they ever put their principles ahead of expediency ever? Would the left, in a show of discontent and frustration, push back against their godly leader while he sits astride the gleaming unicorn? Doubtful.
It is unimaginable that the left would ever push back against their own president, as the right did against President Bush over Harriet Miers. Wouldn't happen. Won't happen. They'll complain and then they'll submit, because ultimately, they know that the key factor for any leftist is to not believe anything.
And on that score, Kagan seems perfect. A leftist, first and foremost, must have an unfixed value system. There is no question, after her argument before the Supreme Court, that she views the Constitution and precedent to mean whatever she believes it means.
Elena Kagan will look at each case through her own lens. She will not contemplate the founders or other judges or what's gone before. She will contemplate each case from her own perspective. The world according to Elena Kagan -- whatever that means.
Liberals shouldn't complain that they don't know what Elena Kagan believes. With their worldview, that's a perk not a problem. It's a perfect situation for President Obama -- if she doesn't deliver, he'll just shrug and claim ignorance. And the incurious press and codependent left won't have anyone to blame either. They feign interest because they must, but it's all empty naval-gazing.
Elena Kagan will not be blocked by worried Democrats. She'll scarcely be questioned by them. Elena Kagan will be confirmed just as President Obama got elected -- ambiguous and amorphous. That's the way leftists like it.