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WASHINGTON (CAP) - Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are expressing dismay and concern today after Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan missed on a number of trivia questions posed to her during an extended closed door session of her confirmation hearing this week. Both Democrats and Republicans now say the Solicitor General's confirmation is anything but a done deal.
"She did very well with science and nature, and even in specific genres like Fantasy Authors Of The 20th Century," said Judiciary chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). "But once we hit the lightning round, she really fell to pieces, couldn't even get the true-false.
"It was rough watching her go all Lindsay Lohan on us like that," Leahy added.
Panel members hoping to see Kagan breeze through the rest of her confirmation now worry President Obama may have to dig out his Jewish rolodex and find another nominee. Or, worse yet, piggyback on the success of his choice of Sonia Sotomayor last year and pick another Hispanic judge. Those fears are exacerbated by concern that the only other Hispanic female judge in the United States is Marilyn Milian from The People's Court.
"Actually, she's Latina," said CAP News Hispanic correspondent Eva-Yolanda Maricruz. "In fact, so am I, but you guys keep calling me Hispanic. I think it's time to call HR."
Many Republicans who had publicly committed to cast their vote for Kagan are now backpedaling on that decision, expressing concern over how well Jews can do in games of trivia. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) pointed to the lack of Jewish contestants on gameshows like Jeopardy! as proof the Jews still have a ways to go.
"Jews as a whole have made some fantastic inroads, like the big effort to narrow the Holocaust gap," said Collins. "But if Kagan doesn't even know who starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the 1989 movie Harlem Nights, how is she going to do when push comes to shove in upholding the U.S. Constitution?"
The abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America was one of many public-interest groups to withhold its decision on an endorsement of Kagan until the conclusion of the hearings. President Nancy Keenan now says she's glad they waited to weigh all the information.
"While we're pleased that Ms. Kagan expressed support for ... umm, a woman's right to, well, umm - you know, come to think of it, we have no idea where she stands on abortion," Keenan said. "But more importantly, we're unhappy she didn't know that in the game of poker, aces and eights are called a Dead Man's Hand.
"As such, we cannot support Elena Kagan at this time," Keenan added.
Supporters of Kagan are lobbying the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider something else in lieu of the trivia, such as a round of Pictionary, Jenga, or the '80s classic party game Scattergories.
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