Everybody knew that whoever President Obama nominated for the Supreme Court would be a leftist, but I’m starting to think that it wasn’t William Ayers who wrote “Audacity of Hope,” but rather Elena Kegan.

Here’s an item about Kegan’s college years:

Kagan spent her senior year conducting research for her thesis on the history of the socialist movement, which was titled “To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900–1933.” Her thesis has been criticized by her opponents for revealing sympathies with the Socialist Party and became a source of controversy when she was a potential nominee for Associate Justice David Souter’s seat on the Supreme Court last spring — a position which instead went to Sonia Sotomayor ’76 — and when she was nominated for her current position of solicitor general in January 2009.

“Americans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalism’s glories than of socialism’s greatness,” she wrote in her thesis. “Conformity overrides dissent; the desire to conserve has overwhelmed the urge to alter. Such a state of affairs cries out for explanation.”

She called the story of the socialist movement’s demise “a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism’s decline, still wish to change America … In unity lies their only hope.”

Wow, in that last part, Kagan worked in Obama’s entire slogan decades before it was made famous. I think some royalty payments from Obama to Kagan are in order — or maybe that’s what today was all about.

In any case, it isn’t difficult to see what Obama likes about Kagan — yet another piece in the Marxist puzzle.

Remember what Obama wrote in Audacity of Hope:

“I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.”

So, which one of those is Kagan? She doesn’t look like a punk-rock performance poet, but you never know.

Update: Imagine the mockery that would be heaped upon a more conservative judicial nominee who didn’t learn to drive until his or her late 20′s.

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