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Today's Awkward Photo-Op: Kagan Admires Senator's 'Gorgeous' Rifle
YahooNews ^ | May 13, 2010

Posted on 05/13/2010 3:02:12 PM PDT by Steelfish

Today's Awkward Photo-Op: Kagan Admires Senator's 'Gorgeous' Rifle

One of the most curious and awkward traditions of Capitol Hill is the practice of shepherding a Supreme Court nominee to the offices of senators who will eventually vote on his or her confirmation. The visits almost always produce some discomfiting photo-ops, and Elena Kagan's gantlet has been no exception.

On Wednesday, for instance, Kagan met with Senate Judiciary Committee veteran Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Their discussion opened by exchanging pleasantries. "It's a beautiful office," Kagan told Hatch, as they sat before dozens of photographers clamoring for the perfect shot. "Yeah, well, there's some nice stuff here," Hatch allowed.

And that's when it got weird. "You're going to get mad," Hatch said, motioning above the reporters, where a gun hung on the wall. "Man of the Year from the National Rifle Association," the senator explained. "It's a piece of art, really."

Kagan, an amused look on her face, nodded. "It's beautiful," she said, staring at the gun.

"It's a handmade flintlock, and it's beautiful," Hatch said.

"It's gorgeous," Kagan replied, as the press was hustled out of the room. One reason the gun exchange came off as a bit forced is that memos released from Kagan's tenure as a Supreme Court clerk show her saying she was "not sympathetic" to the right-to-bear-arms argument of a prospective Supreme Court plaintiff. (The appellant argued that his constitutional right was violated when he was convicted for carrying an unlicensed firearm in violation of the District of Columbia gun ban.)

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; antigun; banglist; guncontrol; kagan

1 posted on 05/13/2010 3:02:12 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Perhaps she’d be more satisfied with a right to “keep and mount arms, as long as they can’t actually be fired.”


2 posted on 05/13/2010 3:03:50 PM PDT by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: sthguard

Actually, a handmade flintlock just might BE gorgeous .. but hey .. I may not know what I’m talking about.


3 posted on 05/13/2010 3:07:05 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Steelfish

Hatch is a tool. Note the apologetic “It’s a piece of art, really”.


4 posted on 05/13/2010 3:09:15 PM PDT by atomicweeder
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To: Steelfish

Sounds like Hatch intentionally tried to put her on the spot in front of the cameras...actually kinda funny.


5 posted on 05/13/2010 3:10:20 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Steelfish

I’m surprised she didn’t compare it with her baseball bat.


6 posted on 05/13/2010 3:11:07 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Steelfish
You're missing the point; to her it is gorgeous. It is exactly the type of arm she believes is protected by the 2nd Amendment.

I'm certain she would be glad to have us all replace our semi-autos and bolt actions with a nice "gorgeous" flintlock.
7 posted on 05/13/2010 3:11:45 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Steelfish
This one's a bit awkward too.


8 posted on 05/13/2010 3:13:09 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Steelfish

I could hear her skin crawling.


9 posted on 05/13/2010 3:14:35 PM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: Steelfish

Who is Elena Kagan.....really?


10 posted on 05/13/2010 3:19:19 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Steelfish

Well we know where Hatch is on the 2nd Amenment

And sadly we also know where Kagan is..


11 posted on 05/13/2010 3:21:38 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: sthguard
Perhaps she’d be more satisfied with a right to “keep and mount arms, as long as they can’t actually be fired.”

In the Massachusetts legislature, I'm told, the old revolutionary flintlocks have trigger locks looped through them.

12 posted on 05/13/2010 3:24:43 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Steelfish

I was not there to see the body language, but just possibly she found it beautiful as she said.


13 posted on 05/13/2010 3:28:57 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: DBrow

Doubt it she is from the odumbo school, guns are bad ooohhhh


14 posted on 05/13/2010 3:31:46 PM PDT by italianquaker (My bartender knew about the attempted Christmas attack before odumbo)
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To: Steelfish

America may run out of oil, it may run of money, it may even run out of food. But, as long as we have politicians and lawyers we’ll never run out of stupidity.


15 posted on 05/13/2010 3:44:00 PM PDT by hometoroost (Proverbs 8:36 - All those who hate me love death.)
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To: Steelfish
Damn RINO HAtch - she has no right to get mad.

Hatch was being defensive about supporting gun rights. That's dead wrong. It's the law of the land - and both Hatch and Kagean better get used to it.

Hatch's comment may have put the idea in her head that overturning the 2nd might be popular. Stupid retard.

Get rid of him in Nov....please. Or do we have to wait until 2012. ?

16 posted on 05/13/2010 3:46:21 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Which got me thinking of)
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To: knarf

If it was presented to Hatch at a NRA convention, it is almost certainly a flintlock longrifle made by Cecil Brooks. Mr. Brooks dedicated his long life to making these guns by traditional methods, and they are indeed, gorgeous beyond measure.


17 posted on 05/13/2010 3:54:32 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

LOLOL.........Hatch got her!!! LOL


18 posted on 05/13/2010 4:30:32 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Steelfish

Should have showed her a beautiful .50 BMG rifle instead.


19 posted on 05/13/2010 4:33:13 PM PDT by IHateLeftists
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To: Steelfish

We are one vote away from every privately held gun to be taken away.

We are one vote away from the complete Stalinist eradication of every Christian symbol from public life.

We are one vote away from the insane notion that the Constitution guarantees full and complete health care, a home and a job to everyone who wants one.

We are one vote away from the forced governmental dismantling of the First Amendment, through every medium including the internet and the radio.

We are one vote away from the eradication of property rights.

We are one vote away from the takeover of private industry by the government.

We are one vote away from Big Brother - just one, and they keep pushing it.

Our sacred Bill of Rights will be gone. The power of the State will not be stopped.


20 posted on 05/13/2010 4:44:44 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: Steelfish

Goodbye, Oreeeeeeen Hatch


21 posted on 05/13/2010 5:02:55 PM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Titus-Maximus

And we are one vote away from the first shot on Fort Sumter.


22 posted on 05/13/2010 6:33:06 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: italianquaker

OK, maybe. But John Fn Kerry owns several shotguns and shoots skeet; plus he has a captured AK from Nam, that he then denied having. Biden owns a shotgun or two, I think, or maybe it was a dem senator bloviating.

Obots and Clintonistas can like and have guns, they just want to limit what YOU can own since their own pieces are beautiful toys, unlike the scary black guns us dangerous people have, with those Gadsden Flag bumper stickers on our pickups.

The propaganda here may be that she says she likes guns, so she’s not a grabber. I dunno, there is very little record of her thinking.


23 posted on 05/13/2010 6:42:15 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Steelfish
Bork Kagan

bumper sticker
24 posted on 05/13/2010 6:44:03 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: Steelfish

Is there a picture of the rifle?


25 posted on 05/13/2010 6:47:34 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: dead

OK Dead, I’ll bite. What in the hell is that picure all about?


26 posted on 05/13/2010 6:48:45 PM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: Titus-Maximus

IMO it doesn’t matter who is put into this seat. The script is already written.


27 posted on 05/13/2010 6:50:13 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DBrow

You make good points


28 posted on 05/13/2010 7:37:49 PM PDT by italianquaker (My bartender knew about the attempted Christmas attack before odumbo)
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To: italianquaker

Thanks!

You know, maybe liking flintlocks is a sign she’s a, you know, a lesbian? I mean, if softball is a dead giveaway...


29 posted on 05/13/2010 7:47:22 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: arkady_renko

I have no idea!


30 posted on 05/13/2010 8:39:25 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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