WALLACE: Bill, your thoughts about because there -- it's not only a choice for the president as to whether he wants to pick a more liberal candidate who would create more of a political dust-up. What about for Republicans and their decision as to how much of a fight they want to make of it? Obviously, to some degree, it depends on who the president chooses.Three thoughts going through my head here.
KRISTOL: Not that much, because I think, for example, Kagan would be a very respectable choice. But nonetheless, I think most Republicans would oppose her and, honestly, should oppose her, with respect and with deference to her, you know, impressive academic credentials, because she will be a reliable liberal vote, and I think Republicans should want to have a serious debate on the Constitution.
One, Bill Kristol is a twit.
Two, Glenn Greenwald's been telling anyone who'll listen than Elena Kagan will not be as reliable a liberal vote as everyone seems to think she will be, and he may be on to something here judging by Kristol's reaction.
Three, if Kristol's right, then Republicans are going to vote against whomever Obama nominates anyway. Might as well nominate somebody good since you're going to get a fight anyhow (see Ezra Klein).