Earlier this week, President Obama announced that Solicitor General Elana Kagan was his nominee for the Supreme Court.
Kagan’s nomination dominated this week’s news cycle,effectively putting the BP oil disaster and Afghan President Hamid Karza’s “Happy Together” tour in Washington, DC on the US press corps’ back burner.
As with most inside-the-beltway debates, the Kagan nomination seems tailored to serve elite interests. Only more so.
Unremarkably, the Democratic leadership is failing all over itself repeating the Obama administration’s line on Kagan: a pragmatic progressive — whatever the hell that means.
For their part, Republicans have responded in a far more subdued tone that you might expect, given their track record with such things for, say, the last decade or so.
Corporate media, and not a few public broadcasters, nevertheless had plenty to say about the ensuing “debate” over Obama’s pick to the High Court.
Leave it to Stephen Colbert to call our attention to the fact that the GOP’s muted response to the Kagan nomination is definitely out of character.
In this clip, Colbert notes that the Conservative attack machine is MIA. And along with his guest, Salon senior editor, Dahlia Lithwick, Colbert suggests that the Kagan nomination isn’t all that threatening to either executive power or corporate interests.
That’s what you call a “win-win” for the power elite.
As always, Colbert’s mix of pop culture references and incisive political satire is a brief, but rewarding, respite from the awful truth: despite our enormous wealth and power, America’s democracy has never been more fragile and precarious.