Awfully presumptuous headline, right? I mean, just because newly confirmed Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan is a woman (quit tittering you juvenile conservatives, Scalia ain't a peach to look at either) doesn't mean she's going to vote exactly like the other two women already on the bench. Right, McClatchy Newspapers?
Oh, I see what you did there. So because she has a vagina, the implication is that Kagan is going to form a "unit with a common interest or purpose" (<---- definition of "bloc") with fellow vagina-equipped females Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor?
Lady-parts justice for all!
Justice Clarence Thomas has the loneliest bloc of all.
Look, I'm too lazy to research how McClatchy headlined other recent Supreme Court appointments. But making the plausible assumption that they didn't announce them all with the same amount of condescension as they did Kagan's, here now a re-imagining of what some of those headlines might look like today.
August 6, 2009:
"Sotomayor confirmation creates 3-Yale Law bloc on high court"
September 29, 2005:
"Roberts confirmation creates 5-Catholic bloc on high court"
August 3, 1994:
"Breyer confirmation creates 2-Jew bloc on high court"
October 15, 1991:
"Thomas confirmation creates 1-black bloc on high court"
December 19, 1975:
"Stevens confirmation creates 9-white guy bloc on high court"