Magazine July 19, 2010, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

• Can’t blame Peter Orszag for wanting to spend more time with his families.

• The early stages of Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings were drearily predictable: She said, in essence, that judges should defer to Congress except when they should not, and that it would be improper to tip her hand any further. All the evidence we had before the hearings began suggested that she is likable, intelligent, and a conventional liberal — with everything this implies about her view of the judicial role. Senators should do what they can to draw out the defects of that view, and vote accordingly.

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