Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina will cast the first "yes" vote on Elena Kagan's nomination to the US Supreme Court. Graham said the last election had consequences. He said this President chose someone well qualified, in the mainstream of liberal philosophy, but who understands the difference between being a political judge and a legal judge. He said Elena Kagan was "not someone I would have chosen, but the person who did chose wisely."
His speech about the role of Congress got the panel of Senators to put down pens and iPads. Reporters in the back of the room even put aside their Sudoku - something Senator Arlen Specter mentioned in his speech.
And then it was back to the usual arguments pro and con, along predictable party lines.