On WordPress, I can see what search terms people use to find my blog. My WordPress blog has had more hits on each of the past two days than it has had on any other day in more than a month, and by far, the piece that I posted last month on U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan — titled “Kagan Looks Queer to Me” — is getting the most hits.
“Elena Kagan looks like a man” and “Kagan looks like a man” are the top two search phrases that people used to stumble upon my blog yesterday.
Someone found my blog by typing “Elena Kagan nude” into a search field. (Um, good luck with that search. Please don’t share the results with me…)
But seriously (all of the above is true, however), I am a little surprised that President Barack Obama has picked Kagan as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the retiring John Paul Stevens.
I’m more than fine with another woman on the court — even if Kagan is confirmed, women still will be under-represented in the composition of the court — but I didn’t think that the Obama administration was ready for the chatter about Kagan’s lack of gender conformity and her sexual orientation (whatever it may be) that no doubt will ensue. Therefore, I had expected the administration to pick someone else.
Some are comparing Elena Kagan to Harriet Miers, George W. Bush’s ill-fated nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Sandra Day O’Connor.
I mostly disagree with the comparison. I surmised at the time of the Miers fracas in 2005 — and I still surmise — that Bush never really intended to get her on the U.S. Supreme Court, but that he nominated her only to give the appearance that he was willing to put another woman on the court, only to end up putting yet another stupid white man (Samuel Alito) on the court instead.
Obama, I believe, really wants Kagan on the court.
Finally, I have to note that Kagan has been femming it up as of late. In her appearance with President Obama yesterday to announce her nomination to the high court —
Associated Press and AFP photos
— she looks more feminine than in any other photo of her that I’ve seen.