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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lights! Cameras! Action!

Back by unpopular demand -- the Supreme Court Summer Confirmation Show!

With the nomination of Elena Kagan to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court, Barack Obama has set in motion what has become a tired and annoying ritual -- the confirmation fight. This year's battle, like recent several recent ones, is likely to be a snooze punctuated by intense focus on the trivial.

While pundits speculate about her non-judicial background, her negotiating skills and even her religion, the battle, such as it is, will be tepid compared to the monumental struggles over Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

Rather than discussions about Coke cans and public hairs or an America of "back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids..." we will be subjected to the steady drip of inanities. Wise Latina writ large.

Republicans had already stockpiled the talking points, trotting out ranking Judiciary Committee member Jeff Sessions (a one-time Kluxer lover) talking about her qualifications or seeming lack thereof.

That was followed in quick order by Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy offering a well-rehearsed riposte that the Party of No would oppose "Moses the Law Giver."

Who says Democrats are anti-religion anyway?

Certainly not the folks over at Comedy Central who immediately upped the ante by calling Kagan a "wise Jewish Latina" who "appears, at first blush, to be a woman."

The only real troubling part of this first round is that Comedy Central is the only one in the full-time comedy business and the Senate seems intent on stepping into their turf.

Can't we all just get along? And talk about serious issues like the rise of corporate rights over basic individual civil liberties?

Hey I can dream can't I?

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