She faced tough questions on abortion, banning military recruiters from campus and a host of other constitutional issues during her two days in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. And, like most recent Supreme Court nominees, Solicitor General Elena Kagan declined to offer her opinions on issues that might come up before the court should she be confirmed for a spot on the nation's top bench.
She swatted away tough questions from a number of Republican inquisitors with a smile and good humor. But when it came to the most crucial issue of our time, the question that has vexed so many (OK, not a single one) previous Supreme Court nominees — is she Team Jacob or Team Edward? — Kagan refused to bend.
Kagan professed she was not really aware of the "Twilight" phenomenon when asked a question about which team she was on by Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.
"Solicitor General Kagan, you had an incredibly grueling day yesterday and did incredibly well," Klobuchar said. "But I guess it means you missed the midnight debut of the third 'Twilight' movie last night. We did not miss it in our household, and it culminated in three 15-year-old girls sleeping over at 3 a.m."
"I didn't see that," Kagan laughed.
"I just had a feeling. I keep wanting to ask you about the famous case of Edward vs. Jacob or the vampire vs. the werewolf," Klobuchar said on Wednesday.
With a smile, Kagan said, "I wish you wouldn't."
And so, as with Lady Gaga, we may never know which side Kagan lands on in the vampires vs. werewolves debate, but at least we know she was asked all the tough questions.
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