William F. Buckley famously quipped that he "would rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston telephone directory than by the 2,000 members of the Harvard faculty."
Well, what if we were to be governed by - er, um, I mean - what if we were to have on the Supreme Court Miss Oklahoma 2010 instead of the President's choice, Elena Kagan?
Would it be better or worse?
Well, if one subscribes to Mr. Buckley's rule above - as I do - then one might be skeptical of the "down to earth views" of a former Dean of Harvard Law School / Chicago Law Professor - so let's give the nod to Miss Oklahoma. Neither, to my knowledge, has ever served as a Judge. Tie goes to Miss Oklahoma. Ms. Kagan has served as Solicitor General. Nod to Ms. Kagan. Neither has written extensively about issues of importance to give one a significant body of work from which to determine her view on the Constitution - but Miss Oklahoma has never written an ode to socialism among other leftist thoughts, so Miss Oklahoma gets the nod.
Then yesterday, when questioned by judge Oscar Nunez (of The Office fame) about the recent Arizona immigration law, Miss Oklahoma responded:
I'm a huge believer in states' rights. I think that's what's so wonderful about America. So I think it's perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law.
Again, nod to Miss Oklahoma.
Suffice it to say, it says a lot about the nomination of Ms. Kagan that this is even halfway debatable.