As per Bruce’s recent post on the allegations of Elaine Kagan’s sexuality, basically the nub of what I have to say is that we have more important things to discuss, especially about this woman’s qualifications, than to question her sexuality as some juvenile left-wing bloggers want to do.
Her sexuality is irrelevant to her ability to serve on the Supreme Court. And we shouldn’t be making an issue of it.
If she is a lesbian and wishes to keep this matter private, that’s her business. If she’s not, then we’ve got a lot of people making assumptions about the private life of a middle-aged single woman who may well wonder if by focusing on a career where she has enjoyed considerable success, she compromised her chances to find a husband. I know many single women of her demographic who would very much like not to be. And the more people blather on about her supposed private life, the less likely it is that she’ll find a man.
Did people make these assumptions about Sonia Sotomayor, divorced in 1983 and single ever since?
Look, I think it would be a great thing to have a lesbian on the Supreme Court and I was all prepared to go all out to defend my former law professor Pam Karlan’s qualifications if the president had tapped that distinguished law professor. But, Ms. Karlan self-identifies as a lesbian (though she had a boyfriend when she taught me). That’s her choice. And we should respect it. Ms. Kagan doesn’t talk about her private life. And we should respect that too.
As per that nominee, let’s consider her qualifications, her record as a jurist, her scholarly writings and leave her private life out of it.
UPDATE: Her friends say she’s not gay:
“I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight,” said Sarah Walzer, Kagan’s roommate in law school and a close friend since then. “She dated men when we were in law school, we talked about men — who in our class was cute, who she would like to date, all of those things. She definitely dated when she was in D.C. after law school, when she was in Chicago – and she just didn’t find the right person.”
Read the whole thing. Some bloggers have got a lot of ‘splaining to do.