Day Two of Kagan's Grilling: Low Temps

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday,June 29, 2010, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Susan Walsh

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Day Two of Kagan's grilling kicked off with the first round of questions from the Committee's most junior Democrats. And the air has been completely sucked out of the room.

Aside from a brief spark with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who knows a lot about the law (former prosecutor/U of C Law School grad/Yale undergrad), the questions are flat, and Kagan is flat. Her tone isn't nearly as engaged, and she is slipping into lecturing law school professor mode (but a boring law professor, not a dynamic one).

And now here's Al Franken, trying to be really really serious, talking about Justice Kennedy and legislative history and seamen. Now THAT is funny.

I'm guessing things will pick up when the other Democrats show up, and the Republicans start their second round of questions. Otherwise, this entire room will be asleep by noon--and I'm including the nominee in that.

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