The Opposition Begins

Edward Whelan …with a whimper.


The National Review’s Ed Whelan posted criticism of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan today.

The money quote:

Kagan … is such a product of New York City that she did not learn to drive until her late 20s. According to her friend John Q. Barrett, a law professor at St. John’s University, it is a skill she has not yet mastered.

What isn’t mentioned is that New York City has 5.6 million residents over the age of 25 of whom only 3.3 million have driving licenses.

It would seem that he needed to bolster his screed from last Friday because it didn’t work.

If Kagan genuinely believed that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law was “a profound wrong–a moral injustice of the first order,” why would she make herself complicit in implementing the grave evil? Yes, of course, it’s true, as the article points out, that “barring the recruiters would [have] come with a price.” But, as George Bernard Shaw would have said to Kagan for selling out her supposedly deeply held principles, “We’ve already established what you are, ma’am. Now we’re just haggling over the price.” [emphasis added]

This is the stuff of legends.