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HBO Poll: GOP Purity Test Is Turn Off

  • HBO Poll: A whopping 75% of you Merry Hucksters (106 of 142) said you’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who took a loyalty oath, pledging to support the platform of the Idaho Republican Party. Only 20 of 142 (14%) said you’d be more likely to support a candidate who took such an oath. 16 of 142 (11%) were undecided.
  • Elena Kagan Poll: 59 of 109 (54%) said you don’t want to see the U.S. Senate confirm Elena Kagan as the next Supreme Court justice. 42 of 109 (39%) said you do want to see her confirmed. 8 of 109 (7%) were undecided.
  • Militia Poll: 93 of 162 (57%) said they didn’t want to see the state of Idaho form an all-volunteer militia (an idea supported by a committee at the GOP convention last weekend in Idaho Falls but not endorsed by the full group). 66 of 162 (41%) said they would like to see Idaho form a militia. (I forgot to give the results for this poll Friday).
  • Today’s Question: Do you wear a helmet while riding a bicycle?

Kagan Confirmation Hearings Begin

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., swears in  Supreme  Court nominee Elena  Kagan on Capitol Hill in Washington today during her confirmation hearings before the committee. (AP Photo/WinMcNamee, Pool)

Kagan Gay Because She Played Softball?

A photo on the front page of Tuesday’s The Wall Street Journal featured a 17-year-old photo of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan playing softball. Gay activists say it is a blatant attempt to paint Kagan as a lesbian. The Journal says that is nonsense. Fox News held a debate on the issue. Incidentally, The Wall Street Journal and Fox News are both owned by Rupert Murdoch/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here, including video discussion. (Wall Street Journal photo)

Question: Seriously? A woman might be a lesbian because she played softball? Do you see anything more in this photo than an athletic woman?

The Political Sandbox — 5.10.10

President Barack Obama gives Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan a kiss as Vice President Joe Biden stands at left, during an announcement in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

  • The daily Political wild card is now in play …

Obama Picks Non-Judge For High Court

It’s Kagan! Why is President Obama choosing his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, as his second nominee to the U.S Supreme Court? By all accounts, Obama wants someone who can serve as a counterweight to the intellectual heft of Chief Justice John Roberts. Regardless of how strong a liberal Kagan would prove to be, as a former dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan practically defines legal gravitas. She’s also a female, which adds to the court’s gender diversity. She’s young, at 50, which means she could be on the court for a quarter century. And she’s never been a judge, which gives her a quality that Obama is known to have been seeking: someone to bring a different sensibility to a court that’s currently dominated by judges/Michael D. Shear, Washington Post. More here. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh: Barack Obama and Elena Kagan)

Question: Are you comfortable with President Obama’s choice of a person for the U.S. Supreme Court who has never been a judge?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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