In a completely unsurprising turn of events, Elena Kagan has been confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court. Five RINOs voted for her, and I bet you can guess who they are.
On a 63 to 37 vote, Kagan became President Obama’s second lifetime appointment to the court in the past year — the vote was held a year after Sonia Sotomayor won 68 votes for her confirmation as the court’s first Latina justice.
Five Republicans supported Kagan, 50, to succeed retired justice John Paul Stevens. One Democrat, Ben Nelson (Neb.), was opposed. Kagan, a self-described progressive, is not likely to tilt the balance of the court, given Stevens’s role as a leading liberal jurist the past three decades.
So, who were the five sell-outs? Well, the usual suspects. Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Lindsey Graham, Richard Lugar, and Judd Gregg.
Now, with Ruth Bader Ginsburg officially the oldest justice at 77, it’s going to be quite some time before we get a nomination that will truly change the leanings of the Supreme Court. Justice Stevens was liberal, just like Kagan, so nothing has really changed as far as the balance of the court goes. And the Kagan confirmation really was just inevitable anyways.