Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer recently spoke at the 92nd Street Y, and we were there to hear him talk about things! At one point he discussed potential Supreme Court nominees. And one of these nominees’ names was Elena Kagan.
On the Supreme Court Opening – Yielded by a question from the audience, Spitzer had high marks for current U.S. Soliciter General, Elena Kagan, the first woman to ever hold that office. Spitzer noted that he was biased over Kagan because she was a “classmate of [his] since [his] freshman year of college.” He also praised the Congressional Oversight Panel’s current Chair, Elizabeth Warren, a candidate whose name has been mentioned as a potential nominee; when mentioned, her name got a hearty round of applause from the crowd.
And of course, it ended up being Elena Kagan! Who we now know is
And that’s about it! Or so goes the argument: nobody knows nothin’ about Elana Kagan. Some people think that’s really good news. Some less-biased people think it’s not-so-good news. And some people just have their heads really, really far up their “rears” regarding their position on Kagan and the way they capitalize on it, like Mediaite’s publisher (executive editor?) Dan Abrams, who wrote a piece about Kagan noting in the headline that she’s “Way Too Boring For Scandal-Starved Media,” right below this is some food for meta-thought:
Whatever. The point is that since nobody can really figure out what Kagan is or isn’t “about” and whether or not that’s a “good” or a “bad” thing, they’re focusing on things like her sexuality. Gay post-conservative StonerBro Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic was all up in this until he finally got ahold of himself. The Wall Street Journal used a picture of her playing softball to accompany a story about her, and then were like *shrugs*. Either way, at this point it’s pretty clear that investigating the Supreme Court nominee’s sexuality is kinda sleazy, especially in this case, because it’s actually one of the few things we do know about her. That said, David Lat calling her “Lady Kaga” is pretty funny.
All of which is a very long way of noting that Eliot Spitzer’s position on Kagan was perfectly fine, until he wrote the following to Politico’s Ben Smith (via War Room’s Alex Pareene):
Another friend, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, a member of Kagan’s social circle at Princeton University, wanted to make the same point as Walzer. “I did not go out with her, but other guys did,” he said in an email Tuesday night. “I don’t think it is my place to say more.”
Even that was too much, because it leaves a tiny little opening – pause – for someone (like Pareene) to associate that quote with Eliot Spitzer’s “dates” with hookers. Like so:
Presumably, Spitzer didn’t romantically pursue Kagan because none of the “other guys” who did date her ever rated her using some sort of numerical or symbol-based system in order to explain to Eliot, without his having to go through the trouble of getting to know her, precisely how much “individual education, sophistication, and ambiance” Kagan would “create.”
(Or, perhaps they did not date because she didn’t date creeps.)
The point is that Eliot Spitzer should never be allowed to speak on anyone’s sexuality ever – ever. Ever? Ever. Also, we still know absolutely nothing about Elena Kagan.