The talk about the town is Elena Kagan. Is she qualified? Where does she stand on the issues? Will the GOP try to Bork her? Does she reflect the President’s vision? and so on. Here’s a sampling of a
few of the blogs and articles out there about the Supreme Court nominee:
- Over at Slate, William Saletan, in “Don’t Bork Kagan,” asks: Should we ask Elena Kagan whether she’s gay? Should we demand an answer?
- A New York Times piece by Adam Liptak looks at Kagan’s 1995 article on the confirmation process and asks whether Kagan’s “sometimes caustic observations about the qualifications and jurisprudence” should be applied to her own confirmation battle. Read it at “Kagan’s View of the Court Confirmation Process, Before She was a Part of It.”
- Konrad Yakabuski speculates that Kagan represents the President’s centrist vision.
- Nina Totenburg, at NPR, raises the issue of Kagan’s lack of judicial experience.
- But judicial experience hasn’t always been a prerequisite. In fact, it’s relatively recent that SCOTUS nominees have come from the federal bench.
- Could her own words come back to bite her? Probably, thinks Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal.
- The Christian Science Monitor looks at Kagan’s comments on past nominees.
- At the Wall Street Journal, Laura Meckler looks at Kagan’s tenure as Dean of Harvard Law School.
- Among the criticisms of Kagan are her stance on the military while at Harvard.
- Unsurprising coming from a California paper, the Los Angeles Times notes that Kagan would be the third New Yorker on the Supreme Court.
- The LA Times also questions the Ivy League bias in selecting SCOTUS nominees. So does the Washington Post.
- Kathleen Parker thinks Kagan is “miles away from mainstream America.”
- And of course, there are those looking to use the nomination as political fodder for the mid-term elections.
- When Alito was nominated, the Catholic strength of the Court was noted….now Protestants are feeling even more left out.
- Is she as liberal as the right wants you to think? Maybe not.