Good afternoon, Netizens...
It comes as little to no surprise, but Elena Kagan has been confirmed as a member of the Supreme Court, the third woman to serve on the current Supreme Court bench.
I don't claim to have any knowledge of Mz. Kagan, nor do I expect in my remaining years of life to ever sit down and have a conversation with her over tea, not that I would turn down an offer were it made. Somehow, despite having been grilled by the news media and members of the committee who vigorously screened and grilled her about her qualifications for her job, there appear to be a few unanswered questions that, over time, will probably be answered.
The question that keeps poking at my consciousness, that has bothered me since Mz. Kagan was first put forth as the potential next member of the Supreme Court is, would they have asked the same questions if she were a man, hinted slyly with little jabs here and there about her philosophy and her personal past? Would they speculate on the Internet about a man in the same way?
Partisan politics aside, I cannot help but wonder if Kagan were unfairly treated as a woman.
I do, of course, remember all the dirt that was dug up during previous times when new members of the Supreme Court were selected, so perhaps in this case nothing has changed. Perhaps time will tell.