And, he’s right.
And therein lies the job of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
There has been a lot of debate about judicial experience, historic meaning, cigar preferences, sexuality, childlessness and choice to live as a single woman, eating habits? choice of designer? liberal or conservative leanings? Pecan praline or mint chocolate chip? Coke or Pepsi? ESPN or Project Runway? of Elena Kagan.
Frankly, it’s sad.
I do not want any of the judges in the highest court in the land to adhere unabashedly to a political preference, though I expect them to have one, as any human being (including journalists) likely does. I do not want any Supreme Court Justice to decide in advance on Brown vs. Board of Education because of a political bent. I don’t want any woman who serves on the highest court in the land to decide all men are better off dead because she was once a member of the fictional tribe of the Amazon, and I don’t want any justice to ban cookie dough ice cream because sometimes there are tainted eggs.
I want a Supreme Court Judge to listen to each issue as it passes through the court. I want him or her to listen to the arguments presented from both sides. I want a middle of the road, intelligent, scholarly, empathetic, thoughtful human being to rule on the most important issues of the day.
Polarization be damned.
20 years ago, DNA evidence was hi-tech … it’s everyday now. I want judges to take that into consideration – their personal life and personal politics should NEVER get in the way of the facts or the truth.
And, the same measures should be taken with Elena Kagan.