Elena Kagan Shows Off Sense Of Humor In Confirmation Hearings

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan asserted Wednesday that there is a cost to the nation when the high court is deeply split and appears politically driven. "Every judge has to do what he or she thinks the law requires," Kagan said under questioning by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., about today's court that is often divided 5-to-4. "But on the other hand," she continued, "there's no question that the court is served best and our country is served best when people trust the court as an entirely non-political body." Kagan, whom President Obama has nominated to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens, cited the benefits of "narrow decisions" that bring "consensus," over "broad, far-reaching decisions" that divide the bench.