Kagan Hearings? Let's Doodle Instead

As expected, day 2 produces no bombshells
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2010 4:49 PM CDT
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan answers questions Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Elena Kagan had a testy exchange in the morning with Jeff Sessions over her role in military recruiting at Harvard, but day 2 of her Supreme Court nomination hearings has been "rather unilluminating," writes Newsweek. (Though a photo of Al Franken sketching Sessions during the hearings was kind of interesting. See it in the gallery.) Kagan is following the pattern of tiptoeing around her own views "while commenting only in the most noncommittal, general, soporific terms."

The senators are following their familiar patterns of "making little speeches about their pet issues, thinly disguised as questions for the nominee," complains Newsweek, which wonders whether it's time to revert to voting on nominees based on their records instead of calling them to testify. At the very least, though, we got to see that Kagan has a sense of humor. Asked where she was on Christmas Day (as a lead-in to a terror question), she replied that, like all Jews, she was probably at a Chinese restaurant, notes the Wall Street Journal. For more details, see AP's coverage.

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