Kagan's views continue to bump up against each other in media coverage of her pending nomination because we lack definitive evidence of what she really believes. Perhaps her views will become clearer during her confirmation process in the Senate, and perhaps, if confirmed, she will make an excellent justice.
But, for a president to appoint someone to a lifetime position, wouldn’t it be preferable to know what she believes on the biggest issues of the day—and how she arrived at those conclusions? If Obama does nominate Kagan, as he likely will, he will be taking a very big risk.—Paul CamposAccording to sources Elena Kagan will be president Barry Hussein Soetoro nomination to the Supreme Court today. She is an ideal nominee for president Soetoro because she is somewhat of a stealth nominee. (see article)
Kagan like Soetoro, before he was elected president, is not well known outside of the circles in which she orbits. However there are some things known about her. She has just not had a great many published works which she has expressed a political philosophy. (president-elect nobody knows.)
Kagan fought to have the ROTC removed from the campus of Harvard when she was Dean of Harvard Law school. She fought it all the way to the Supreme court citing, in her opinion that the military discriminated against homosexuals with “Don’t ask Do tell” military policy. A policy mind you that president William Jefferson Clinton endorsed by signing into law.
And then there is that speculation that Kagan’s nomination by president Soetoro is a bone thrown to the gays and lesbians to beat back their concern that Soetoro has not moved quickly enough to infuse the culture with homosexuality. (Kagan first homosexual supreme?)
An issue that is causing consternation among gays because either the White house or Kagan are treating Kagan's alleged homosexuality as something to be proud of. That issue is being quashed by the White house until they get their nominate seated on the Court.
In fact the general public knows very little about Kagan’s views and that will make it very difficult for those in the Senate who oppose the political philosophy behind the nominating of Kagan.
What is known about Kagan is the most leftist president in the history of the United States of America wants her on the Supreme Court to represent his political philosophy. That prospect alone should give Conservatives the will to fight for a more acceptable nominee.
However it is my contention that we need diversity of a different sort on the Court. A diversity that has nothing to do with who you sleep with or what color your skin is or who your ancestors were.
We need regional diversity on the Supreme Court. We need a Justice that can relate to everyday people not just the elitists on the East coast. Didn’t president Soetoro say that he would nominate such a person? Someone who could relate to everyday people? He did. He did say that, and if he meant it Elena Kagan is not that person. Therefore she should not be his nominee.
Kagan hails from that cookie cutter academia elitist circle of privilege that very few attain to. Her judgments would come from a life experience that has no real connection with common people.
If the president was serious about his own criteria for selecting a Justice for the Supreme Court then he couldn’t possibly nominate Kagan. The president said he wanted a nominee who understood the "practical day-to-day" implications of rulings, someone who had judicial "empathy."
Kagan is a Manhattan-born Eastern who was educated, works and travels in political elitists circles.
Today once again we’ll see if the president’s words mean anything. And if Kagan is nominated against the president’s own criteria she should be opposed on the very grounds that the president established. She was not and will not be in touch with everyday American people. Those are the very principles that this president laid out for his criteria in selecting a nominee.