It’s Kagan-All-The-Time in legal periodical world. I’ve been impressed with her since hearing Kagan speak at a few conferences. She’s a good choice for the Court, and I think she’ll be approved. She is smart, personable, comfortable in her own skin, and confident. I think she’s pretty much in the center–she’s attracted flak from both the left and the right, which is a plus. She had not been an ideologue, another plus. The most refreshing analysis (from Legal Blog Watch via Bitter Lawyer via the source of most of my legal insights, MLB.com) concerns her batting stance:
Major League players critique her hand position (“she’s got the Barry Bonds choke-up working, maybe that’s two strikes on her”), balance (“her weight’s distributed evenly”), aggressiveness (“you can’t smile at the pitcher or you’re gonna get hit”), and other attributes as a batter. It’s amusing, and as useful as much of what one can read about her online. When Scalia tries to throw one by her, don’t you want to know that she can handle it?