Posted on | April 17, 2010 | 19 Comments
This is hilarious. Potential Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is gayer than the first three rows at an Indigo Girls concert, and yet the White House acts all outraged that conservative writer Ben Domenech incorrectly described the unmarried 49-year-old as “openly gay.”
Kagan is not officially so open about it, and this gives the White House a chance to pretend that Domenech is part of a right-wing homophobic whisper campaign. In the process, as Moe Lane notes, the White House reacted “in a manner that explicitly and authoritatively denies that Ms. Kagan is gay” — a denial that thereby makes it legitimate news if, in fact, Kagan is gayer than your average NCAA Division I varsity women’s softball team.
Allahpundit figures all the angles, but I personally doubt Obama will pick Kagan for the Stevens slot. I expect him to do the smart thing, which is to promote an appeals-court judge.
UPDATE: Omri at Mere Rhetoric:
Did the WH not get the memo that Kagan’s not only a lesbian, but that she’s not really concerned about who knows it? Two days ago it would have been totally unremarkable if she walked out of a Georgetown or Cambridge restaurant holding her girlfriend’s hand. Now it would be a national event.
Because the Obama administration decided to make Kagan’s sexual orientation a capital-t Thing, she’s now in a position where either it looks like she’s hiding her homosexuality to advance her judicial career or – if she acknowledges she’s a lesbian – it looks like she’s being chased out of the closet.
The point is, it wasn’t hateful homophobic wingnut Ben Domenech who “outed” Kagan, it was her gay-friendly liberal friends. But because the White House is in the habit of automatically attacking conservatives as hateful homophobic wingnuts, Domenech’s description of Kagan as “openly gay” pushed the red-alert button at Obama spin HQ, which then automatically denied Kagan’s lesbianism as if it weren’t already a widely known fact.
Hope and Change and Irony. Lots and lots of irony.
UPDATE II: Dan Riehl notices that Kagan slightly resembles Bob Costas. NTTAWWT.