Jan. 5th, 2009

** WOW **

Jan. 5th, 2009 11:23 am
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President-Elect Obama announced today that he will nominate Elena Kagan, Dean of Harvard Law School, as the next Solicitor General of the United States.

This is incredible news. Kagan ranks with Larry Tribe and Cass Sunstein among the greatest legal minds of our times, focusing on the very contours of constitutional and administrative law that the Bush Years tried to wipe from our national consciousness. As HLS dean, she transformed legal education not only to tolerate public service but also to inculcate its values and responsibilities in every lawyer. After she served in the Clinton White House, Pres. Clinton nominated her to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, but the then-Republican Senate would not even hold a hearing on her nomination. (She's a liberal Jewish smoking lesbian, so draw your own conclusions which Original sin she committed.)

Oh, and she was my professor, now a friend.

She is the brightest of bright lights, a sign of hope, a sign that Obama really is appointing the best and brightest. As Solicitor General, she will help run the Department of Justice, fix the politicization of U.S. Attorneys, decide the Administration's policy with respect to the U.S. Supreme Court, reverse the craziness that led to the Torture Memos.

And now, now, I more than dare to hope that Change has come: it's here.

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