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Here’s something to like about Elena Kagan

Post by Cheryl Tucker on June 28, 2010 at 5:43 am with 7 Comments »
June 28, 2010 5:47 pm

Elena Kagan at her confirmation hearing Monday and, at left, visiting senators in May

A lot of pundits are saying that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is something of a cipher, that there’s not much on the record about her to give an idea of how she’d vote if she wins Senate confirmation and what her priorities would be on the bench.

That may be so, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, I think the record speaks volumes about what isn’t a priority for her: fashion.

While looking in our photo archives to find a shot to run with Tuesday’s George Will column, I noticed that Kagan wore exactly the same outfit for today’s confirmation hearing as she wore a month ago when she visited senators following her nomination. The only difference: The pearls she’s wearing in the May photo are bigger.

What this tells me about Kagan is that she finds something that works for her – in this case a blue jacket and pearls – and she sticks with it. But she’s open to suggestions for minor changes. I’m guessing that could apply to how she’d work on the bench.

I like it that Kagan doesn’t seem to care much about being fashion forward. Leave that to Lady Gaga. Heck, if Kagan’s confirmed – and that looks likely – she’ll never have to worry about dressing for success again. She’ll wear the ultimate power suit: a basic black robe.

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  1. Real Important criteria, here Cheryl, you’ve outdone yourself in underlining EK’s specific credentials which might seem to mirror—yours? Ouija Board revelation you had, was it? By your assessment, a major qualifier for the SC is merely to not take a shower or ever change your clothes. This would of course be applauded as environmentally sensitive AND being a very FOCUSED little team player. How many jury trials did EK ever preside over, how many was that again?

  2. Remember this appreciation for those of us in the one suit club next time I come in for an endorsement. :)

  3. Novelist3 says:

    Kinda sad when the best thing the Trib can come up with for a nominee is that he/she dresses poorly.

  4. Satire? But yeah, Cheryl it is a sad state of affairs when anybody has to dig this deep to find something to like about a supreme court candidate. Handing a lifetime of world changing power to somebody without the ability to get a handle on their interpretations of our constitution is a little scary. It was bad enough to do it with Obama for 4 years-but this is WAY more important. It could partially shape our country for the next 40 years, versus a 4 year socialist experiment that will prove to strengthen our countries belief in personal freedoms and oppression from government.

  5. tubbythetuba says:

    Another “Social Experiment” about to go awry….

  6. Looks like EK has just caught the fly that BO missed, in her teeth no less, there’s ANOTHER reason to confirm, non?

  7. nwcolorist says:

    I don’t always agree with your POV, Cheryl, but your columns are creative and lively.

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