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.