Humor in the hearing room
On day-two of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing, she didn’t reveal much about her specific views on a wide range of issues over nine hours.
But now we know the U.S. Solicitor General can be funny. Very funny.
Kagan repeatedly disarmed lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary panel with a quick sense of humor.
Kagan, who as U.S. Solicitor General currently represents the government in cases before the Supreme Court, refused to take the bait when Arizona Republican Jon Kyl asked if she agreed with complaints that the court had favored corporate interests in recent rulings.
“I would not want to characterize the current court in any way — I hope one day to join it,” Kagan said.
“And they said you weren’t political,” Kyl responded to laughter from Kagan and the audience.
Asked by South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham where she was on Christmas Day, when a failed plane bombing threatened U.S. lives.
“Like all Jews, I was probably in a Chinese restaurant,” Kagan said, drawing more laughter in the hearing room.
Should Supreme Court proceedings be televised? Kagan said it would be “a terrific thing” to have cameras in the court.
“The issues are important ones … I mean, some of them will put you to sleep,” she said to laughs.
“It means I’d have to get my hair done more often,” Kagan said to Pennsylvania Democrat Arlen Specter.
“Let me commend you on that last comment, and I say that seriously,” Specter said. You have shown a really admirable sense of humor, and I think that is really important.”
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed (Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing June 29, 2010)