The Wall Street Journal is reporting that with Senate floor debate already begun, Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court will take place no later than Friday of this week. But as one Senate aide told Politico, “no one really cares about Kagan,” and the website called the nomination a “low-drama process well-suited to a hot Washington summer.”
Don’t mistake lack of drama for lack of consequence. No matter what you think about Kagan’s politics, there’s no denying that she’s going to have a big effect on the Supreme Court. Having a third woman on the Court will definitely change the dynamic in the actual chamber. Women just ask different questions than men do--it’s well documented--and things will never be the same in the highest court. Here’s a link to my most recent column on why Kagan’s nomination changes things.