Bench Memos

Not the NASCAR Justice

In addition to her kicking military recruiters off Harvard’s campus during wartime and being paid for a comfy position on a Goldman Sachs advisory board, this passage (from this article) nicely captures Elena Kagan’s remoteness from the lives of most Americans:

Kagan … is such a product of New York City that she did not learn to drive until her late 20s. According to her friend John Q. Barrett, a law professor at St. John’s University, it is a skill she has not yet mastered.

(My fuller account from early this morning of my initial thoughts on the nomination is here.)

Update:  Believe it or not, a slew of bloggers somehow imagine that I think that it matters whether or not Kagan is a good driver.  (See, e.g., “Ed Whelan smears New Yorkers in attack on Kagan”—yes, more Media Matters idiocy.)  As the linked post above will show, I’m ridiculing the mismatch between President Obama’s populist rhetoric (which I think is misguided and insincere) and the reality of the Kagan pick.