Monday, June 28, 2010
The Senate Judiciary Committee today began the tiresome process better known as confirmation hearings, ostensibly to determine whether Obama nominee Elena Kagan possesses the necessary qualifications to succeed the retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens. As expected, the Republicans, armed with their talking points, marched lockstep and attacked the nominee for lack of judicial experience, suspected liberal judicial activism, and association with such unsavory folks as Abner Mikva and Thurgood Marshall. Of course, the Democrats, not to be outdone, fell all over themselves, lavishly praising Ms. Kagan for her record of service in the Clinton White House and as dean of Harvard Law School. As usual in these matters, the truth lies somewhere in the middle but it matters little to the partisans because they are busy playing to their respective bases.