Elena Kagan: Those Who Can’t Do, Teach?

Conservatives are up in arms again over President Barack Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. We’ve heard accusations leveled at Kagan of radical leftist leanings, a lack of non-academic experience, an anti-military stance, and homosexuality. Fear-based rhetoric such as this is counter-productive for the GOP in two ways. First, it widens the schism between left and right. Second, through the radicalization of Kagan’s image, the GOP might inhibit the nomination of a centrist, pragmatic woman opposed to same-sex marriage.