Joan Biskupic

A Matter of Ceremony and Circumstance

LGBT advocate and civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto in her office, 2014.  (Photo via MacArthur Foundation)

A rite of honor:

Lawyers advocating for a right to gay marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Tuesday they had chosen Mary Bonauto, a longtime champion of gay legal rights, to argue the landmark case on April 28.

(Biskupic)

Do the job, madam. You’ve got this one.

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Biskupic, Joan. “Prominent gay rights advocate to argue landmark U.S. marriage case”. Reuters. 31 March 2015.

Sad: Wasted Opportunities

The headline, from Reuters:

    Top Republican sees bumpy Kagan court confirmation

And the lede:

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will face tough questions at a Senate confirmation hearing because she has never been a judge and has no record of judicial opinions, a top Republican senator said on Sunday.

As if this is news.

With judicial appointments in general, the question is no longer whether or not the opposition will obstruct, but, rather, how they go about doing it. To the administration’s favor in the coming confirmation fight for Elena Kagan is her one great merit throughout—she is very good at appeasing conservatives. (more…)