The Simmering Issue of Elena Kagan's Sexuality

elena kagan softballElena Kagan played softball at the University of Chicago in 1993. (Associated Press) RedTracker| The quiet buzz, beyond Gawker’s innane list of why Elena Kagan is or isn’t gay, is just that — a murmur. There are reports that the White House steps in at will to end that conversation and all others others around Kagan.

A New York Times reporter was denied permission to sit in on a Hunter College class taught by Kagan’s brother Irving. Why they believe Elena Kagan’s brother’s teaching points are relevant to Kagan’s nomination escape us.

Washington Post columnist takes up the question of Elena Kagan’s sexuality writing Elena Kagan: A smart woman with fewer choices?

Kagan’s law school roommate (and my good friend) Sarah Walzer, went on the record in an interview with Politico: “I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight,” Walzer said. “She dated men when we were in law school, we talked about men — who in our class was cute, who she would like to date, all of those things. She definitely dated when she was in D.C. after law school, when she was in Chicago — and she just didn’t find the right person.”

We believe Kagan’s sexuality is her own private affair. Her position of gay marriage is that the constitution does not guarantee same-sex marriage. Kagan’s adamantly opposed to Don’t Say; Don’t Tell. Those are the citizen-issues that are noteworthy.

Walzer’s piece is the most interesting, reminding us that many really smart women don’t marry because few men want women smarter than they are