Obama came into office promising change and people clutched that to their breasts and ran off in every direction thinking that their pet liberal/progressive cause finally had a champion who would make everything all better overnight. But sometimes change is gradual and, now sixteen months later, he is unacceptable. Quite frankly the country Obama inherited is a fucking mess and, while I’m not entirely thrilled with everything that has gone down under him, I’m willing to cut him some slack.
So, have a little faith. This is not the end of the world. Pick your battles wisely and, seriously: chill the fuck out.
The idea that Barack Obama would (a) nominate Robert Bork in drag; (b) is no better, indeed worse, than George W. Bush; (c) our entire country is going down the toilet not because of the may years of "creative destruction" we suffered under Republican Congresses and George W. Bush but because Pres. Obama didn't wave his magic wand and make it all better immediately, related as they are in the inevitable disappointments that come when our "heroes" are revealed to be less than Divinely gifted, has led many on the left to as complete a break with reality as those on the right.
Now, this is not to say there are not good arguments against Solicitor General Kagan sitting on the Supreme Court. It is only to insist that far too much anti-Obama nuttiness on the left is as agnotological as that on the right. While I am sympathetic with atrios' view of the matter generally, in this case the rhetoric is, quite simply, quite outside the bounds of reason and evidence.
I should add that, since I have no view at present, should serious evidence arise that she is unfit to sit on the Court, I will accept that. I guess all I'm suggesting is that people need to breathe a bit.