You could tell that Ms Kagen was shaken by Arlene. He wasn't "Mr Easy" and she was expecting a easy touch. There is a missing piece from her history....from skipping the court room and missing out on judge requirements to play her entire life as an academic. She hasn't met a touch character of people from real life.
This perception that people have....that she will bring this 'convincing' character into the Supreme Court and perhaps talk one Justice occasionally to cross the line over to meet the 'liberal four'....might be a curious stumble.
The five on the right side of the court....have all been real judges and don't easily find themselves swaying to some academic talk. I suspect as the months pass by, and Justice Kagen meets up with her partners....things won't be as swell as she thought. Her big 'sell' trait....may end up as some skill never appreciated by anyone.
And as for Arlene? Well....I was kinda shocked. He's a lame duck senator with no real chance to do anything much for the Democratic party. He might just shock a few of the Democrats here in the final months as he sides more with the Republicans.....just my view.