This is not helping the media image of ridiculous gossip-mongers, nor is it serving the causes of sensibility, human dignity……or girls’ softball.

So Elena Kagan played softball. So did I. And a slew of other women out there in the professional and private world. Enough of the extrapolation that softball means something other than enjoying sports and a good outing on a summer afternoon.

The Wall Street Journal ran a picture on its front page of Kagan playing softball in college. Immediately, the paper was attacked by gay rights groups claiming the picture was a coded message about Kagan’s sexuality…

It does of course lead to the question everyone is asking privately, but cannot bring themselves to ask publicly due to matters of taste and etiquette: is America ready for a softball player on the United States Supreme Court?

The only softballs I don’t want pitched to Kagan, or any other nominee to the court, are the ones no doubt coming in the Senate confirmation hearing.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....