Although a few key Republican holdouts made the the vote closer than expected, the former Solicitor General Elena Kagan is now officially a Supreme Court justice. In other news, a vicious lightning storm has simultaneously hit DC. Media tweeters get in their licks on both:

We're not sure if she means the weather or the confirmation battle brewing in the halls of Congress...

Wow, the sky over DC is getting freaky.less than a minute ago via web

...but it's clear to Dave Weigel the connection isn't accidental.

Kagan confirmed. Apocalyptic thunderstorm in DC. No coincidence.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

In fact, the gods may have played a hand in it.

RELEASE THE KAGAN!less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

With SCOTUS monsters on the loose, we do
hope this Huffington Post DC reporter made it back to the office.

huffpost weatherman @jbinckes has gone to the roof to observe this monsoon -- whether he returns wet or electrocuted is an open questionless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Pourmecoffee, meanwhile, foresees just how far-reaching Kagan's impact will be.

Get ready all y'all other branches because the Supreme Court softball team just got an UPGRADE.less than a minute ago via web

While Marc Lynch sees the direst warnings proved terribly, terribly true.

Wild scene as Kagan begins cackling maniacally after Senate vote, pulling on burka + screaming "Allahu Akbar."  McCarthy warned us.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck