My initial reaction to the nomination of Ms. Kagan to serve as the 112th Justice o' the Supreme Court is a tepid, tentative, preliminary aw shit.
Don't get me wrong, I like her vibe.
I like her reputed consensus-building skills. I like her generally.
I don't like her limited view of the First Amendment. I disagree with her view that the government's motives should be a principal basis for Constitutional review, and I strongly disagree with her view that "hate speech" and pornography are subject to governmental approval [some euphemistically say "are subject to regulation"]. As many of you know, I think the phrase "Congress shall make no law abridging" is pretty unambiguous. And I recognize the costs associated with that unambiguous decree, and think they're costs that are appropriately borne, and that reap untold dividends.
But my disapproval of her nomination isn't too strong. I long ago lost the battle over the First Amendment, which you lot piss on like yesterday's papers.
Um, I guess I got carried away by the world not being the way I want it to be. . . .