Welcome, one and all, to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the web ; the BitsBlog Nightly Ramble
- ELENA KAGEN: Nobody should be surprised at the Obama White House nominating the current Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the next U.S. Supreme Court seat. At every turn, the Obama and his staff have revealed their radical leftist roots. Why should this be any different? Kagan if it’s the far left like a glove. Her hostility to the military has become the stuff of legend, until such time as the left found that they had to defend it, and they now downplay it. The group politics involved with the radical left is perhaps best exemplified by Saint Andrew the Incontinent’s recent post: “So, is she Gay? ” It hardly matters to me, but apparently Saint Andrew still judges all things by his own narrow worldview. I’m not the only one who has noticed, either . I suggest looking a little deeper though. All the various subgroups involved with the left these days are showing their own double standards. Roland Martin, yesterday points at one such: 
— If a white Republican president of the United States appointed a white male as his next Supreme Court justice, and upon the inspection of his record, it was discovered that of the 29 full-time tenured or tenured track faculty he hired as dean of Harvard Law, nearly all of them were white men, this would dominate the headlines.
It would be reasonable to conclude that the special interest groups that vigorously fight for diversity — civil rights organizations, feminist groups and other liberal institutions — would be up in arms, declaring that this person’s records showed him unwilling to diversify academia, and unqualified to consider diverse views as one of nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court. There would be widespread condemnations of Republicans having no concern for the nonwhite males in America.
But what if the choice were made by a black Democratic president, and it was a woman? A white woman? A white Democratic woman?
Some of you may not like the fact that I am focusing on the race of the individual, but when diversity is raised, the person’s skin color, gender and background are considered germane to the discussion. And if there is silence from black and female organizations, their race and gender matter as well.
That does seem a reasonable point. That said, reasonable points seem to get ignored when the radical left is in charge. Ann Althouse raises another: 
Elena Kagan said “There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage,” but does that mean that, as a Supreme Court Justice, she won’t find that right?
Stay tuned. I have no doubt that she will.
- DCCC PULLS OUT OF HI: Reid Wilson of Hotline reports: 
The DCCC is pulling out of the race to replace ex-Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), effectively ceding the heavily Dem seat to the GOP as intra-party feuding splits the vote. â€” “The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the HI-01 (Abercrombie-open) special election.
To me, this speaks volumes to how much trouble the Democrats perceive themselves in, in the next few cycles.