Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Kagan’s qualifications as nonexistent as a Birth Certificate

President Obama and Vice President Biden present Elena Kagan for nomination to the Supreme Court

Kagan's supposed academic achievements are being touted as the primary justification for putting someone who has never been a judge on the nation's highest court.
Now the fact that Kagan is more or less an academic nonentity would be of merely academic interest if she possessed unrelated but compelling qualifications for ascending to the nation's highest court. But what else, exactly, has she done?—Paul Campos
Paul Campos is a professor of law at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his article The Next Harriet Miers? He absolutely slays the phony Liberal narrative that Elena Kagan is a brilliant legal scholar who makes up for a lack of jurist experience with unsurpassed legal scholarship.

Therefore according to linear Liberal logic Kagan is worthy of being nominated and confirmed for the Supreme Court only because president Soetoro says so. Not because of any deserving scholarly works or experience. This is starting to sound strangely familiar to the president’s own eligibility problems.

According to Professor Campos there is no there there in Kagan’s legal academic scholarship. Campos recounts a career of nearly 20 years since Kagan became a law professor in which Kagan’s academic writings are so scant he was able to read everything that Kagan had ever published in one day. (see article)

Yesterday, I read everything Elena Kagan has ever published. It didn't take long: in the nearly 20 years since Kagan became a law professor, she's published very little academic scholarship—three law review articles, along with a couple of shorter essays and two brief book reviews. Somehow, Kagan got tenure at Chicago in 1995 on the basis of a single article in The Supreme Court Review—a scholarly journal edited by Chicago's own faculty—and a short essay in the school's law review.—Paul Campos

I’m beginning to think that we are approaching that mysterious mystical Barry Hussein Soetoro birth certificate argument where we argue about the long vaulted copy of Soetoro’s birth certificate which no one has seen yet Obama sycophants argue to the death that based on a document that they have not seen Soetoro was born in Hawaii.

In like fashion Campos reveals that the narrative that Liberals are building about Kagan’s legal academic prowess is based on an academic record which isn’t there to support the claim that Kagan is brilliant.

At best we can only say that Elena Kagan is an Obama crony who is less deserving of a Supreme Court nomination than Harriet Miers was.  And we all have accepted that Miers though educated was not qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice. But neither is Elena Kagan.

Thanks for that insight Professor Campos.

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