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Opportunity Cost

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On May 11, 2010
I’m not saying that she will be as bad as the endorsement suggests. But let’s be frank: when you’re a Democratic president with 59 votes in the Senate and you nominate someone that Glenn Reynolds can get behind, it’s a wasted opportunity. And that goes triple when he’s able to tout with at least some […]

SCOTUS Absurd

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On May 11, 2010

The controversy, such as it is, over Elena Kagan’s nomination throws several points into relief: (1) The extent to which legal academia is an intellectually bankrupt and politically corrupt insi

Qualified support

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On May 10, 2010

I just did an NPR show with UC-Irvine dean Erwin Chemerinksy about the Kagan nomination. Some of the tepid quality of the support for Kagan is illustrated by the fact that, in the talk radio debate fo

I heard a soundbite from UC-Irvine law dean Erwin Chemerinksy this morning about Kagan, in which he speculated that Kagan’s warmth and personal charm would endear her to senators during the confirmation process. I’ve never met Kagan but I wouldn’t be surprised if she could charm rust off a pipe — that would certainly help […]

Whiff

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On May 9, 2010

Apparently, Elena Kagan will be nominated for the Supreme Court.   I will go into more detail about this later, but there shouldn’t be any sugarcoating — it’s a poor choice.   

In stark contrast to other current and former law professors whose names have been floated recently as SCOTUS candidates, such as Pam Karlan, Harold Koh, and Diane Wood, Elena Kagan has written almost nothing, and what she’s written is both unimpressive on its own terms, and tells us very little about what sort of justice […]

Certain candid obesity researchers will tell you in private, especially if you get a couple of G&Ts into them, that yeah, there really isn’t any increased mortality risk associated with BMI

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