Elena Kagan: Supreme Court pick and Austen fan

Nancy doesn't have a vote in the U.S. Senate, but if she did, I'm sure she'd support Elena Kagan, president Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.

Why? Look no further than this description from a profile in today's New York Times: "She was the razor-sharp newspaper editor and history major at Princeton who examined American socialism, and the Supreme Court clerk for a legal giant, Thurgood Marshall, who nicknamed her ‘Shorty.’ She was the reformed teenage smoker who confessed to the occasional cigar as she fought Big Tobacco for the Clinton administration, and the literature lover who reread Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice every year."

Yes, Nancy's vote would turn on the P&P reference (and maybe on the bit about being a newspaper editor). No word on whether Kagan is a fan of the more recent zombie version, which would further endear her to Nancy. As for me, I was intrigued to see Kagan's clerkship for Supreme Court Justice and Baltimore native Thurgood Marshall, whom she has called "the best lawyer of the 20th century." Still, I'm not saying how I would vote.

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