I’ve been annoyed by the opening round of criticism being thrown at Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Apparently, going to an elite high school in New York City (Hunter College), graduating from Princeton, and getting a law degree from Harvard Law School is a problem. If confirmed, the eight of the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices will have received their legal education at Yale Law School or Harvard Law School (the two best law schools in the country). And the ninth — Ruth Bader Ginsburg — got her J.D. from Columbia.
If I’m understanding the criticism correctly, education of our Supreme Court Justices is a huge problem. God forbid that the branch of government that is granted unelected power for life be filled with intellectual elites!
(Full disclosure: I had Kagan as a professor — while apparently losing touch with the rest of humanity locked inside an ivory tower.)
When we are talking about the Supreme Court, we are talking about a group of people who are in charge of defining our Constitution. That seems pretty important to me. But now we’re going to dog these people for being educated at the best possible legal institutions? Seriously? Isn’t that like bitching that there aren’t enough skinny people in the heavyweight boxing division?
The hypocrisy from the critics of Kagan’s educational background is astounding. But is there any point to it? Let’s clear away the BS and see if there is anything growing underneath…