Some people always have to be first in line. They'll cut in front of others, brown nose, who knows what else. But some take being first a little too seriously:
Just as with President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Monday became the first senator to formally oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan to the high court.
Taking the lead on some things is unnecessary. Premature initiation:
"[I]t is concerning that the President has placed such trust in a nominee that has not been properly vetted through a judicial career, having worked mostly in academia and never before as a judge.
"While her service as the Dean of Harvard Law School is an impressive credential, decisions she made in that role demonstrated poor judgment. While there, she banned the U.S. military from recruiting on campus, an issue very important to me. She took the issue even further when she joined with other law school officials in a lawsuit to overturn the Solomon Amendment, which was adopted by Congress to ensure that schools could not deny military recruiters access to college campuses. [...]
"I am also concerned about the seeming contempt she has demonstrated in her comments about the Senate confirmation process as well as her lack of impartiality when it comes to those who disagree with her position."
Poorly vetted, never been a judge, academia, blahblahblah. She's clearly not qualified. Neither was Sotomayor. Scalia, on the other hand... What a pro.
Oooo, I wonder if he's worried about Kagan's being a "practicing homosexual" too... or as he might say, a wise lesbiana woman.