« A few final wins for criminal defendants on the final day of the SCOTUS Term | Main | Fascinating racial justice debate on California pot legalization proposition »

June 29, 2010

Kagan confirmation comedy club

This 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:

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.

June 29, 2010 at 07:24 PM | Permalink


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Kagan confirmation comedy club:



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.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 29, 2010 9:59:40 PM

Thank you for your post, I look for such article along time,today i find it finally.this postgive me lots of advise it is very useful for me .i will pay more attention to you ,i hope you can go on posting more such post, i will support you all the time.

Posted by: Handbags | Aug 24, 2010 10:30:36 PM

Post a comment

In the body of your email, please indicate if you are a professor, student, prosecutor, defense attorney, etc. so I can gain a sense of who is reading my blog. Thank you, DAB