June 29, 2010
Kagan confirmation comedy clubThis AP article, which summarizes some aspects of Day 2 of the confirmation hearings for SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan, highlights some of her amusing answers to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee:
She cracked up senators and the audience alike when she was asked about her whereabouts on Christmas Day, when there was an attempted airplane bombing, telling the committee: "You know, like all Jews, I was probably in a Chinese restaurant."
Kagan's humor got a thumbs-up from Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., one of her most cantankerous questioners. Talking about television coverage of the courts, Kagan told Specter: "It means I'd have to get my hair done more often."
That left him momentarily speechless. Then he offered: "Let me commend you on that last comment, and I say that seriously. You have have shown a really admirable sense of humor, and I think that is really important."
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., later predicted Kagan would give Justice Antonin Scalia, who gets the most laughs on the high court, a run for his money.
On a more serious note, here are some headlines and links from various sources providing some substantive highlights of today's confirmation festivities:
- Kagan sidesteps empathy question, says 'it's law all the way down'
- Kagan Takes Gun Off Table, Calls Recent SCOTUS Cases 'Good Precedent'
- Kagan insists she didn't block military at Harvard
- Kagan indicates support for limiting corporate spending on elections
Because I lacked the time or the energy to watch much of the hearings, I would be grateful if readers use the comments to report on anything they found particular noteworthy from the interchanges to so far.
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That's a real problem for this nominee. Deception isn't very cool.
Posted by: federalist | Jun 29, 2010 9:22:44 PM
"That left him momentarily speechless."
For the first time in recorded history.
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