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Kagan Prompts Bill Press’ “Pauline Kael” Moment

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Posted on May 12 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Something Manhattanite Pauline Kael said just after the 1972 election is more widely quoted than anything she ever wrote in her film reviews for the New Yorker:

“I don’t know how Richard Nixon could have won. I don’t know anybody who voted for him.”

Liberal commentator Bill Press (yep, he’s still alive!) won’t make it into Bartlett’s for one of his recent utterances, but let’s commemorate him here anyhow, for providing us with yet another glimpse into the liberal mind, uncensored and unmoored.

Rambling about why he approves of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elana Kagan, Press offered this profound reflection on her qualifications:

I trust her based on some clues that she is a good, strong liberal we can count on. Some of these may be superficial, but look, she was raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, you’re a liberal. No doubt about it. I know a lot of people that come from that area, and it’s got a great reputation.

Thanks to the indefatigable Radio Equalizer, for sacrificing his eardrums (and sanity) so we don’t have to.

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