When listening to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan speak, one can’t help but be struck by the lack of… well, anything.
Kagan has no remarkable record, no conviction, no charisma. She can never bring herself to answer for her past actions without shirking and circumvention. She rarely seems to know exactly what the Senators grilling her are referencing. And she can’t even decidewhether she supports strict constructionism or a “living” Constitution. She is without a doubt the most bland, but still liberal, candidate to be found.
With Kagan’s nomination, President Obama is just filling slots. He needs another liberal Democrat in the Court; Kagan fits the bill. Other than that, she’s got almost nothing going for her. And it has become increasingly clear that the bar has been lowered to include her, as it similarly was for the “wise Latina” Sonia Sotomayor.
But where are the feminists? Shouldn’t the self-appointed defenders of womankind be up in arms against the injustices their sex is suffering? Shouldn’t they be outraged, and rightfully so, demanding to know why Washington couldn’t find a woman of intellectual weight equal to that of the men serving on the Court? If feminists aren’t going to stand up for Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley, shouldn’t they at least stand up for the women who adhere to their liberal agendas?
Kagan may not be particularly decisive, eloquent, or seemingly intelligent, but she’s a woman… with progressive tendencies. And for some, evidently that’s enough.