As expected, the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court with a final vote of 63-37. Five Republicans crossed the aisle to support Kagan – Lindsey Graham, Judd Gregg, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Richard Lugar – while Ben Nelson broke with the Democrats to oppose her. Kagan now becomes the third woman on the current Supreme Court, the most that body has ever held at one time. She is the fourth woman to make it to the Court overall.
This shows that basically spending your entire life without tipping your hand on the prevailing issues of the day, and taking as few substantive positions as humanly possible, has become the road map to succeeding in ascending to the nation’s highest court.
Meanwhile, the Senate needs to take a break. Passing a bill for state fiscal aid and confirming a Supreme Court justice in one day? That’s breakneck speed! Somebody get them a six-week recess, stat! Oh wait…