Several news profiles of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in recent days have intimated that she has had her eye on a Supreme Court seat almost since high school, and that her longstanding reticence about taking strong stands on issues may have been calculated to help smooth her path.

But that degree of foresight can’t have been at work when she wrote a book review (pdf) that was published in a 1995 edition of the University of Chicago Law Review. In the process of commenting on Stephen Carter’s book on the sorry state of Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Kagan offered an analysis that lights up like neon now that she herself is a nominee.

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