Limbaugh called Kagan a "liberal elitist," while Beck has called her college thesis evidence of her "socialist" leanings.
Distorting Kagan's record to portray her as an anti-military radical, Limbaugh's and others' caricature of Kagan is belied by her reputation as a consensus-building and fair-minded intellectual.
According to the Boston Globe, Kagan's role in the Harvard ban on military recruiters over the Don't Ask-Don't Tell policy on gays in the military was minimal, and the ban "held more symbolic value than anything else," because recruiters still had access to Harvard Law students through the Harvard Law School Veterans Association.
That the right-wing media is attacking Kagan may not be surprising, but the level of discourse on talk radio and right-wing websites betrays shocking conservative attitudes about women and gays.
Beyond the right-wing attacks of Kagan as an "elitist" or "radical," right-wing bloggers are leading a more vicious smear campaign targeting Kagan over her gender, sexual orientation, and physical appearance.
A conservative blogger for CBS last month fanned unsubstantiated rumors that she is gay (she is not, the White House said). Those rumors continue to bubble around the blogosphere and have cropped up in places from the Huffington Post to the Boston Herald.
According to Media Matters for America, the liberal watchdog, Kagan has been called "Justice Shrek," by conservative talk radio host Neil Boortz.
Another conservative blogger published a web posting stating that "Elena Kagan should be given a broom and instructed to do something useful."
All of this may be having a subtle effect on the public's perception of Kagan. According to a Gallup poll, 40 percent of respondents gave Obama excellent or good ratings for his pick of Kagan, less than the 47 percent who felt the choice of Sonya Sotomayor was good or excellent.