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Barack Obama will nominate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court this morning

May 10, 2010

  It looks as though Barack Obama has made his choice to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court that was left by the retirement of Justice Stevens. According to this article that choice will be Elena Kagan.

  I am not going to sit here and pretend that I know anything about her, but according to the article I linked to, she seems to be a well qualified candidate, although she has never served as a justice before. This means that we really do not know much about her judicial philosophy because she doesn’t have a record on the issues that we can use to judge her by. Perhaps that is one reason that Barack Obama chose her over some of the other candidates that did have judicial experience. We know what Barack Obama’s philosophy on the Supreme Court is, so we can expect him to nominate someone who agrees with that philosophy– and much like Obama didn’t have a record of votes when he was in the state senate, so that he would not leave a trail– he probably sees it as a plus that there will not be much in Kagan’s own hand that could give us insight into her positions on the issues.

  The article claims that Barack Obama chose her because she is a consensus builder. This means he is hoping that she can sway the conservative members over to the liberal side of the issues. Consensus to people like Barack Obama means to reverse your opinions and agree with him.

  I don’t see any way, unless something drastic and unforeseen happens, that Elena Kagan will not be confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States, but it is going to be interesting to see how the Republicans play this in an election year.

  Is this a battle that the Republicans are going to want to fight with the elections right around the corner? Or is this an issue that they will give in on in order to focus on other issues? Will they be afraid of being painted as obstructionists before the election or will they see this as a chance for them to take a stand? These are all interesting questions that will be answered in time as the hearings unwind.

  If the Republicans choose to, it would seem to me that they could use this confirmation process to slow down Barack Obama’s domestic agenda on other contentious issues. And that would be a good thing for the country, but will they see it that way?

  It is going to be very interesting to watch this take shape over the Summer.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2010 1:51 pm

    Kagan is something of a mystery. To be sure, the libs are scouring the nets for any embarrassing information to scrub. I’m sure some more information will be coming out.

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    • May 10, 2010 9:14 pm

      More info will come out, but right now it appears as if the liberals are more upset about this nomination than the conservatives are. This does not mean that she is should be considered a good choice for Obama, but rather that she is an unknown. This smacks of Harriet Miers all over again, just on the other side of the aisle.

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  2. May 10, 2010 3:25 pm

    I tore down on the dyke, MY opinion, today, as well as her being a Jewish dyke.

    Barack Hussein Obama is NOT a fool, he picked a Jewish woman, one rumored to be a lesbian, because he feels no one will have the stones to question her simply because she’s Jewish, and thought by many to be a lesbian.

    He knows that no one wants to appear anti-Semitic or less than sexually tolerant, it’s as simple as that.

    Political Correctness, and the expectation of same, reigns supreme within the Obama White House!

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    • May 10, 2010 9:15 pm

      Obama does seem to pick candidates that he feel people will be uncomfortable opposing for politically correct reasons, doesn’t he?

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  3. usaf_ssgt permalink
    May 10, 2010 4:50 pm

    http://www.scotusblog.com/2010/05/9750-words-on-elena-kagan/

    This is a great article detailing the qualifications of Ms Kagan. There isn’t overwhelming opposition from Republicans, so you can expect the confirmation to be smooth.

    TexasFred, you seem to only make hateful, ad hominem arguments against your “opponents”. There is no substance.

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    • May 10, 2010 8:15 pm

      Well, here’s an idea, don’t worry about it.. You take care of YOUR comments and I’ll take care of mine…

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      • May 10, 2010 9:16 pm

        But don’t you understand? You are supposed to be tolerant? :)

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      • May 11, 2010 11:25 pm

        When HELL freezes over… :twisted:

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  4. Deb permalink
    May 10, 2010 7:17 pm

    I am sure she has every qualification necessary. Including some of the most far-left, secular opinions that I’ve heard.

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    • May 10, 2010 9:17 pm

      I have no doubt that she is the liberal that Obama claims she is, this is an attempt to push a little known person through. Didn’t we learn anything from the last election?

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  5. May 10, 2010 8:47 pm

    You know something that struck me about this nomination. She is very similar to Obama in one way. They both do not have enough experience to hold the jobs they are seeking (in Obama’s case – the job he got).

    I think a lot of his choices have this same deficiency.

    Anyway, just a thought.

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    • May 10, 2010 9:17 pm

      I agree, we don’t know much about her and that is exactly how he wants it.

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  6. Jon permalink
    May 10, 2010 10:16 pm

    He’s chosen her to deflect heat off his terrible health reform

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