We’ve had plenty of unnamed sources insisting on the heterosexuality of Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. The most notable was the anonymous administration official who told the Washington Post that Kagan isn’t gay, in response to an online column by conservative blogger Ben Domenech claiming otherwise.
But there have been other such sources. I previously mentioned one, a Clinton Administration official involved in vetting Kagan when she was nominated to the D.C. Circuit, who insisted to me that she’s straight. Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic cited “[p]eople who know Kagan very well” in reporting that she’s not gay.
Elena Kagan is not a lesbian, one of her best friends told POLITICO Tuesday night, responding to persistent rumors and innuendo about the Supreme Court nominee’s personal life.
“I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight,” said Sarah Walzer, Kagan’s roommate in law school and a close friend since then. “She dated men when we were in law school, we talked about men — who in our class was cute, who she would like to date, all of those things. She definitely dated when she was in D.C. after law school, when she was in Chicago – and she just didn’t find the right person.”
A denial that the likely 112th justice of the Supreme Court is a devotee of Sappho? This is just… so… ridiculous. But fun! God bless America.
And there’s more….
One rumor that has made the rounds is that Kagan once lived together, with a woman, in the Cambridge area. The rumor might be literally true — even if the woman in question, Sarah Walzer, was Kagan’s law school roommate. Her straight law school roommate, who is now married (to a man — another former roommate, interestingly enough).
The Politico piece, by Ben Smith, describes Walzer and Kagan’s life together at HLS:
Walzer recalled sharing a spacious, mouse-infested second floor apartment with Kagan in Somerville, Mass., the city adjoining Cambridge, in the early 1980s, when Kagan was a student at Harvard Law School. The second-floor of a triple-decker, the house had a large dining room where they hosted frequent dinner parties – Walzer did the cooking – for friends who lived in dormitories or smaller apartments.
“There definitely were strategic invites,” Wazler recalled. “She’d say, ‘This is somebody I’m interested in’ and I’d say ‘I’ll make sure he’s one of the people we invite.’”
This is somebody I’m interested in… because he might be able to appoint me to the federal bench someday?
[T]he two lived the life of single, straight young women, with a bit of a Harvard Law twist. Walzer recalled “discussion about who she might be interested in – the usual girl talk stuff– talk about how to get his attention.”
Solicitor General Kagan, I refer you to the wise counsel of your fellow HLS alumna, Elle Woods: “Bend, and snap!’
So, will Walzer’s statement stop the speculation? Not clear. Professing heterosexuality in college or law school (or beyond) doesn’t make you straight for life; trust me on this.
And a female friend / ex-roommate isn’t a firsthand source on Kagan’s sexuality. Walzer and Kagan were roommates at Harvard Law School, not Smith College.
It would be nice if we could find someone who has been underneath her robe — or pantsuit, since she’s not (yet) a judge — and who could say of Kagan: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” (Or maybe “I saw, I conquered, I came.”) Can we get on-the-record comment from an ex-boyfriend, preferably one within the statute of limitations — say, the past six years?
That ex-boyfriend will not be former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. From Politico:
Another friend, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, a member of Kagan’s social circle at Princeton University, wanted to make the same point as Walzer.
“I did not go out with her, but other guys did.”
Well, Eliot, maybe you should have. She wouldn’t have charged you $5,000 an hour. But we hear she likes her men to take their socks off.
Elena Kagan’s friends: She’s not gay [Politico]