Obama to Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

Monday, May 10, 2010

Later this morning, President Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. The Senate confirmed her appointment to her current position last year, 61-39. Justice Stevens has long been a reliably liberal voice on the court and Kagan would likely continue that philosophy. If confirmed, she would be the third woman on the court and the first justice in nearly forty years who has not already served as a judge.

Jeffrey Rosen, law professor at George Washington University tells us more about the nominee.

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Jeffrey Rosen

Comments [5]

Jim Steichen from Slayton, MN

The Senate Judiciary committee should see how well potential Justices
understand the US Constitution.

A Good starting point would be to ask each nominee to identify all -- or even
a few -- provisions of the Constitution that impose meaningful constraints on
federal executive or legislative authority.

I would add knowing the Federalist Papers well, as well as the Framer's intentions to be of equal importance.

The US Constitution has been badly damaged for over 80 years by ALL THREE branches of the US Govt!

May. 11 2010 05:17 PM
Jim Foster from Mechanicsburg, PA

It's a pretty sweet deal the Republican Senators have going. First, they pocket filibuster her nomination for a federal judgeship when Pres, Clinton nominated her, meaning she didn't even get a vote. Now they object to her nomination to the Supremes because she has never been a judge!! I'm not saying there aren't some legitimate reasons for conservatives to oppose her nomination. But, this one is just ridiculous. By the way, where were they when Bill Rehnquist (never a judge) was nominated?

Leaving that to the side, the argument that she's inexperienced is the mother of all red herrings. She 50 years old, no spring chicken, and so far she's clerked for a fed appeals judge, clerked for a SCt. justice, worked for a major law firm, held major positions in the Executive Branch, served with distinction as the first Dean of the most prestigious US law school and capped it off as the first woman Solicitor General. Give me a break!!

May. 11 2010 10:08 AM

As a veteran, who has not always supported how the government uses the military, I am amused by how people and politicians always accuse someone, in this case nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan, of being anti-military when in fact it is usually an indictment of their wrong actions, putting our fine and honorable men and women in harms way for the wrong reasons.

May. 11 2010 09:53 AM

Just to clarify, Ava, both Justices Ginsberg and Breyer are Jewish. The others are Catholic, aside from Stevens who's Protestant, but he's stepping down.

May. 11 2010 09:11 AM
Ava Santiago

The "fact" that there are only Protestants on the Supreme Court has been given on several NPR shows. Is Justice Ginsberg a Protestant or Jewish?

May. 11 2010 08:53 AM

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