Posted at 1:45 PM on June 29, 2010
by Eric Ringham
Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings were going along fine until she described the surprisingly large crowd at her mother's funeral. Kagan's mom was a teacher, she said, and mourners approached to tell her why they'd come: "At the age of 12, your mother taught me I could do anything." If she taught school at the age of 12, I guess we should take her word for it.
Is trouble with dangling modifiers the "major gaffe" her opponents need to derail Kagan's Supreme Court nomination? Probably not.
I think nominating Kagan is Obama's biggest mistake in his presidency. She doesn't have any kind of track record to speak of, and does not appear to be the in of mental heavyweight required to be a Supreme Court Justice.
Hopefully we learn more about her, but right now, she just seems "nice."
It seems like you're trying to make a federal case out of this, Eric.
I've listened to some of her answers, she seems like a heavyweight to me. I don't know how anyone could challenge her on that score.