From the moment Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s name made the assumed short list to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, speculation flew about her sexual orientation. In April, a relatively disreputable blogger from CBS News reported that Kagan was indeed gay but closeted. The White House reacted immediately via former Communications Director Anita Dunn, who was overseeing Kagan’s potential nomination.
The fact that they’ve chosen to become enablers of people posting lies on their site tells us where the journalistic standards of CBS are in 2010. … applying old stereotypes to single women with successful careers.
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The rumors of Ms. Kagan’s orientation did not begin with the conservative blogger from CBS. In fact, they originated from within the gay press, making them, to my mind all the more credible. The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan wonders why all the mystery. Sullivan, an openly gay conservative is one of the most courageous writers on the scene today. He does not shy away from uncomfortable topics and he is particularly alarmed when he smells a cover up. Shortly after President Obama announced Kagan’s nomination, Sullivan wrote:
[Whether she is gay] is no more of an empirical question than whether she is Jewish. We know she is Jewish, and it is a fact simply and rightly put in the public square. If she were to hide her Jewishness, it would seem rightly odd, bizarre, anachronistic, even arguably self-critical or self-loathing. And yet we have been told by many that she is gay … and no one will ask directly if this is true and no one in the administration will tell us definitively.
In a word, this is preposterous – a function of liberal cowardice and conservative discomfort.
Sullivan goes too easy on liberals here. It goes beyond cowardice and speaks to extreme hypocrisy. As liberals we are committed to equality and we have all acknowledged that it’s time to get over “the gay thing”. When rumors of Kagan’s orientation surfaced, the White House response should have been, “we do not use sexual orientation as a litmus test for nominating Supreme Court Justices. As such we do not ask potential nominees about their orientation. If they wish to share that with us, that is their prerogative. We consider it irrelevant to the job at hand.” Instead, the response called the rumors “lies” and implied some sort of smear campaign. Is it a smear to be called gay? Is it an insult to call a heterosexual gay? Are we as liberals saying “being gay is ok if that is what you are … but none of us really want to be one”? Either it’s ok to be gay, or it’s not. Apparently some liberals have not really made up their mind about this yet.
So now, sadly, if Kagan is gay she must remain in the closet. The White House has gone on record saying she is straight and implying that anything to the contrary is a smear. So, clearly they do not have her back. As Sullivan points out, “Does she have a spouse? Is this spouse going to be forced into the background in a way no heterosexual spouse ever would be?”
It is clear that many liberals are not as evolved as they would have you believe. It is also no surprise why the White House has made so little progress in the area of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Apparently that is the de facto approach in the government as well as the military.