One Senate Democrat has taken to the op-ed pages of USA Today to indicate his support for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. But that endorsement is far from ringing.
“Kagan did little to move the nomination hearings from the stylized ‘farce’ (her own word) they have become into a discussion of substantive issues that reveal something of the nominee’s judicial philosophy and predilections,” U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., wrote.
Specter, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will vote on Kagan’s nomination Tuesday, also wrote that Kagan did “little to undo the impression that nominating hearings are little more than a charade in which cautious non-answers take the place of substantive exchanges.”
At her Senate confirmation hearing June 30, The Associated Press reported that Kagan was asked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar about “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” movie, which opened that week. The franchise has a huge following among teenage girls and has sparked debate over whether the tormented heroine Bella should choose Edward the vampire or Jacob the werewolf.
The senator jokingly asked Kagan’s thoughts on “the vampire versus the werewolf.”
Kagan, who has declined to say how she might rule on issues that could come before the court, dodged the question — presumably on other grounds. She said she hadn’t seen the film, and wished the senator wouldn’t pose the question.
Despite his tepid support, Specter’s column notes that he’d still vote for Kagan.
So far no Republican lawmaker has indicated a willingness to vote for Kagan, while 12 have stated their intention to vote against her. She’s still expected to win confirmation handily.