How can parody possibly exceed the current cable-news absurdity over Elena Kagan's sexuality? Pat Buchanan compared women's softball to "two men sunbathing together." Joe Scarborough got downright Freudian: "I didn't know this, but a softball bat symbolizes a certain lifestyle."Both of those insights are included in Talking Points Memo's genius montage, above. All of it left Stephen Colbert no choice but to take the straight man route — ha, ha — and simply critique the mutual enabling of the coverage so far, specifically at News Corp properties: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and Fox News.
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Administration officials asked Kagan directly about her sexual orientation when she was being vetted for her post as solicitor general, Dunn said in response to a question that she protested was inappropriate. But she insisted that it was not a relevant factor in determining who was named to that job or this one. "When there's a gay nominee, there's a gay nominee, which will be a good thing, if they're qualified and should be on the court," Dunn said.Progressives continue to have a tough time warming to Kagan — Sally Kohn of Movement Vision wishes she batted left, as she sings in this clever song. Meanwhile, Politico has run a conveniently-timed piece on a bunch of (straight) congresswomen who like to play softball together. Maybe sometimes, a bat is just a bat. Is Sexual Identity Our Business, Or Are We A Nation Of Busybodies? [WP] A League Of Their Own [Politico] I Was Token Straight Gal On Gay Team [NYP]