Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings kicked off on Monday, and her nomination has been met by glum resignation on the left and indifference on the right.
Kagan is in the cross-fire of the anti-choice crowd; and the argument over feminism continues.
Everyone claims she’s an enigma in a dowdy suit, but after this weekend, maybe we know the Supreme Court nominee a little better.
UPDATED: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, head of the House Pro-Choice , has asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Kagan on her commitment to the right to choose and on her “troubling” memo written for President Clinton.
Because abortion is not openly being discussed right now in regard to Elena Kagan’s nomination, it’s tempting to assume it may never really become an issue. Don’t bet on it.
Some progressives have denounced the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court as an affront to Stevens’ legacy and further proof the President has abandoned his base. But she is an excellent choice.
Elena Kagan – safe, no record, never challenged power, beloved by the establishment in Washington – the perfect Obama candidate. The ball is down against our own goal line and the guy thinks he just scored a touchdown.
In regard to Elena Kagan’s views on choice, we are left reading tea leaves, or rather old memos from her stint in the Clinton White House. And these don’t necessarily provide comfort.
Despite a long career in legal academia, Kagan has published very little and seems to have studiously avoided taking a stand on almost any controversial issue.
President Obama has had the amazing good fortune to get two Supreme Court picks and in both cases, he picked a girl from New York. But was it a requirement that the nominee be a nice girl?