Former general counsel to Richard B. "Dick" Cheney Shannen Coffin claimed that when Elena Kagan was working in the Clinton administration's domestic policy shop, she persuaded the American College of Ob/Gyns to alter the language it used in a statement on the merits of the partial-birth abortion procedure to support the political fight against the ban.I would imagine the local bar association would instead give Kagan an award for such skillful and persuasive advocacy. If anybody deserves a measure of sanctioning here — other than these rabble-rousing wing-nuts, of course — it's the College of Ob/Gyns for recalibrating its evidentiary findings at the behest of a smart-talking attorney.
In any event, disbarment wouldn't do these characters a lick of good. You don't need to be a lawyer to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.*
* Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma doesn't seem to grasp this either. A few moments ago on the Senate floor, he was jabbering that Elena Kagan's lack of practical and judicial experience (however he assesses that) was itself enough to disqualify her from the bench.
But in fact, even the crazed James Inhofe is eminently qualified.