Senate Judiciary Committee votes for Kagan

Elena Kagan
Via the LA Times:

Elena Kagan, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee on a nearly party-line vote Tuesday, her next to last hurdle before gaining a lifetime seat on the high court.
The vote was 13-6, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joining the majority Democrats.
If she is confirmed by the Senate as expected early in August, the nine-member court will have four Democratic appointees for the first time since 1971. And for the first time ever, three of the justices will be women, and none will be a Protestant.

Yes, three women would be the most on the 9 seat court at the same time ever. So I guess that’s progress.

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3 Comments

  1. Rosie's girl
    Posted July 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    The good news is, 3 out of 9 is 33%, which political analysts say is “critical mass”, or the minimum percentage of a party/group that needs to be women-oriented in order for policies/decisions to start reflecting women’s issues and concerns. That’s why in other countries when parties or parliaments commit to equality, they make the provision that 33% of seats must go to women.

  2. Dena
    Posted July 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Well, it sure is a hell of a lot better than only having two women on the bench, right? But I definitely know what you mean.
    I can’t wait to see what she does as Supreme Court Justice. Yay!

  3. daveNYC
    Posted July 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I really don’t see three women having much influence on Scalia, Alito, Roberts or Thomas. Well, they might have some influence on Thomas, but most likely not in a good way.

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