'A vapid and hollow charade'

The Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2010:

The Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court have become "a vapid and hollow charade," a Chicago law professor complained, because the nominees are not forced to say what they think about disputed issues such as abortion, affirmative action and privacy.

It is "an embarrassment," she said, that "senators today do not insist that any nominee reveal what kind of Justice she would make, by disclosing her views on important legal issues."

In 1995, Elena Kagan said it, and in 2010 Elena Kagan lived it. Now she will become the 112th justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Congratulations...I guess.