What Justice Kagen Means

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If Kagen is confirmed, as I expect she will (despite a lot of moaning and lying from Republicans), the United States Supreme Court will consist entirely of justices who attended law school at either Harvard or Yale.  (Note: Ginsberg graduated at Columbia, but she went to law school at Harvard and then Columbia).

Not that Harvard or Yale are bad — they have great law schools.  But, you know.  Come on.

Also, no Protestants on the Court.  Just Catholics and Jews. 

And New York is apparently the breeding ground for justices: If confirmed, Elena Kagan will join fellow New Yorkers Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor on the bench.

In truth, I don't any of these things means anything.  But it certainlt gives fodder to those who want to complain that the makeup of the Supreme Court doesn't look like America.

Then again, maybe we don't want the Supreme Court to look like America.  Maybe we should want them to be highly educated "elitists", regardless of their conservative or liberal leanings.