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 â€œTo the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900â€“1933.â€ 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 Souterâ€™s seat on the Supreme Court last spring â€” a position which instead went to Sonia Sotomayor â€™76 â€” and when she was nominated for her current position of solicitor general in January 2009.
â€œAmericans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalismâ€™s glories than of socialismâ€™s greatness,â€ she wrote in her thesis. â€œConformity overrides dissent; the desire to conserve has overwhelmed the urge to alter. Such a state of affairs cries out for explanation.â€
She called the story of the socialist movementâ€™s demise â€œa sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialismâ€™s decline, still wish to change America … In unity lies their only hope.â€
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:
â€œI 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.â€
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.