Does it matter that Elena Kagan is a woman?

I know I’m going to offend some people — mostly women — with what I’m about to say. But here goes: Did Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, really need to spend a significant chunk of her time this afternoon praising Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a role model for young women? Really? There weren’t more important things to discuss? Yes, Kagan was the first woman to serve as dean of Harvard Law School. Yes, she broke the glass ceiling to become the first female solicitor general of the United States. So what? Would anyone on the panel have praised a white, male nominee for being a great role model for young men? I seriously doubt it. What matters to me is that Kagan was by all accounts an exceptional dean — smart, tough, inclusive — and that she performed remarkably wel

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