My Pileus colleague Marcus Cole argued a few weeks ago that conservatives and libertarians should not be so unhappy with Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan, since it could have been "much worse." With a left-liberal Democrat in the White House and a Congress controlled by the Democrats, who knows, Marcus asked, what enormity we could … Continue reading What We Can Infer about Kagan
Conservative and libertarian opposition to the appointment of Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has been lackluster at best, and for good reason: President Obama’s choice to fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens could be much worse. Indeed, there is some reason to believe that conservatives ought to breathe a … Continue reading Kagan Could Be Much Worse
OK, the nets are all abuzz over gay rights advocates' indignation that the WSJ ran this picture of Elena Kagan playing softball in the 90s when a professor at the U. of Chicago. Apparently, softball = gay. Who knew? I had a personal involvement with another U. of Chicago softball photo. When Gary Becker won … Continue reading My softball moment
It has been widely reported that in 2003, Elena Kagan wrote that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gays in the military was "a moral injustice of the first order." The first order? Really? Surely there are some implicit qualifiers in there. When you consider genocide, mass rape, sex trafficking, murder, slavery, Jim Crow, … Continue reading So what is second order?
My question is not whether Elena Kagan is qualified for the Court. My question is whether she is qualified for tenure at a major law school. When she was made a tenured professor at the University of Chicago, she had (as far as I can tell) only 3 5 publications (see correction below). One of … Continue reading Is she qualified?
Glenn Greenwald more or less says yes: a blank slate with unclear qualifications. Over at Volokh, Jonathan Adler gives some reasons why Elena Kagan might end up with a tougher confirmation fight than a clear liberal like Diane Wood would have. Note, however, that Adler's and Greenwald's reasons are inconsistent. Adler thinks that Kagan is … Continue reading Is Kagan the Harriet Miers of the Obama Administration?
1. Mike Munger on the wise urban planners in Toronto. 2. General James Mattis, risk, and counterinsurgency (COIN) 3. Mark Bauerlein on education conservatives 4. Elena Kagan - perhaps the best we can hope for from President Obama?