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How Elena Kagan saved New York

Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a born-and-bred New Yorker, may not realize it, but her selection as President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court is a boost for her hometown, which has pretty much been awash in unwelcome news for more than a week.

On May 1, a blessedly incompetent would-be terrorist left an SUV smoldering on 45th Street just off Broadway. It was packed with all sorts of things that -- if put together properly -- would have devastated Times Square and locked the Big Apple in the grip of fear.

On May3, the hunt for the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, ended 53 hours after it began when the Emirates Airlines flight he was on was called back to the gate mere seconds after it was cleared for takeoff to Dubai.

On May 6, there was a mad scramble at John F. Kennedy International Airport because another Emirates Airliner was called back to the gate. But it turned out to be a false alarm. The name on the no-fly list was not a valid match with a passenger on board.

On May 6, a freak out over Greece's economic future and a possible sell-order typo led the stock market to plummet nearly 1,000 points. Wall Street wallops like that hit the city in its treasury and local businesses in the cash register, at some point.

On May 7, Times Square was shut down again because of a suspicious package.Turned out to be a cooler filled with bottled water.

On May 8, a Staten Island Ferry boat slammed into a pier, injuring about 36 passengers. As if that weren't bad enough, the craft was the same involved in a 2003 accident that killed 11 people.

On May 10, Obama tapped Kagan for the high court. She is his second Supreme Court nominee. She is the second woman he has chosen for the honor. And she is the second New Yorker selected. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was in the spotlight nearly a year ago and hails from the Bronx and Manhattan's West Village. Kagan was reared on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

So, after the 10 days they've had, New Yorkers should be forgiven for celebrating Obama's clear bias in favor of New York's legal minds. Not that they care whether you do, mind you.

By Jonathan capehart  | May 11, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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Comments

This article is a stupid filler that says nothing.

Posted by: janematty | May 11, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

So New Yorkers should be happy that someone is being put on the court that thinks the Constitution is some out of date document that should be manipulated to justify the stripping of liberty and the confiscation of wealth all in the name of the collective? I think not.

Posted by: Pilot1 | May 11, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

So New Yorkers should be happy that someone is being put on the court that thinks the Constitution is some out of date document that should be manipulated to justify the stripping of liberty and the confiscation of wealth all in the name of the collective? I think not.

Posted by: Pilot1 | May 11, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Along these lines it is important to observe (as was pointed out elsewhere) that, with Kagan, the Supreme Court is geographically diverse, with 4 Justices who grew up in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and now Manhattan. What more could you hope for?

Posted by: SoloOwl | May 11, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

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