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Senate Republicans test out new Kagan attacks

By Matt DeLong
While Senate Republicans freely admit that they are unlikely to derail Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court -- Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that a filibuster probably isn't going to happen -- that didn't stop them from testing out potential lines of attack against President Obama's court pick on the Sunday talk show circuit.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accused Kagan of violating the law when she was dean of Harvard Law School between 2003 and 2008. Her tenure there has come under fire because she continued the school's restrictions on campus military recruitment due to the Armed Forces' "Don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans openly gay people from serving. Sessions blasted Kagan on ABC's "This Week" for enforcing the recruitment restrictions during a time of war, which he called "no little-bitty matter." He said she "was not in compliance with the law at various points in her tenure," referring to an amendment that prohibits schools receiving federal funds from blocking military recruitment on campus.

"She disallowed them from the normal recruitment process on campus. She went out of her way to do so," Sessions said. "She was a national leader in that, and she violated the law of the United States at various points in the process."

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) dismissed Sessions' accusations as "sound and fury signifying nothing," adding, "recruiting went on at Harvard every single day throughout the time she was there."

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Kagan supports banning books, based on an argument made by the government in the recent Citizens United v. FEC campaign finance case before the Supreme Court.

Solicitor Kagan's office in the initial hearing argued that it'd be OK to ban books. And then when there was a rehearing Solicitor Kagan herself, in her first Supreme Court argument, suggested that it might be OK to ban pamphlets. I think that's very troubling, and this whole area of her view of the First Amendment and political speech is something that ought to be explored by the judiciary committee and by the full Senate.

As The Hill points out, the government's argument was a bit more nuanced than McConnell describes.

In the case in question, Chief Justice John Roberts asked the government lawyer whether the law in question could also prevent the publication of a campaign-related book, if it was paid for be a corporation or labor union.

"If it's a 500-page book, and at the end it says, 'and so vote for x,' the government could ban that?" Roberts asked.

Kagan's deputy, Malcolm L. Stewart, said yes.

"We could prohibit the publication of that book," he responded.

In a later oral argument, Kagan slightly modified that position, but still found herself arguing that the government could ban certain pamphlets, depending on who paid for their publication.

"And if you say that you are not going to apply it to a book, what about a pamphlet?" Robert asked.

"A pamphlet would be different. A pamphlet is pretty classic electioneering, so there is no attempt to say that [law] only applies to video and not to print," Kagan responded.

The Supreme Court ultimately rejected the government's argument.

By Matt DeLong  |  May 16, 2010; 3:33 PM ET
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Homophobia is intolerance which brings no benefit. While Elena Kagan was Dean of Harvard Law School, she didn't violate the law because that stupid law decreases funding for universities and colleges if they broke that law, nothing else. It's good that she challenged that law because the intolerant 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is discrimination against LGBT people in the military. Jeff Sessions, as usual, spewed nonsense about Elena Kagan doing a good thing by restricting military recruitment at Harvard. The law which forces universities and colleges to freely allow military recruiters on campus is stupid.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 17, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Kyl, Sessions, McConnell....how petty can you all get? Feel like big men, all of you attacking a woman?

R.I.P. GOP

Posted by: free-donny | May 17, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

It's time to OUT Jon kyle of AZ. Like Craig, Crist, etc. They are always pointing fingers like anti-Gay policies of the military, while Kagen promoted equal justice for all. They, violate US law.

Posted by: crrobin | May 17, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

The real reason the GOP is so against Kagans - Harvard stand on the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy is because the GOP has apparently hid many gays in their so called "conservative" party using the same policy.....

Posted by: waxtraxs | May 17, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I ment comedians, sorry im typeing with my other hand.

Posted by: ziggy4 | May 17, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Thank You I learned from the best comenians in Washington

Posted by: ziggy4 | May 17, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I hear the N.O.M (national orgination for men )is mounting a campain to bring Kagan down, they have a credable witness named Allen Hill that will speak about a pube on a pepsi can! huh? dont laugh it worked for the otherside.

Posted by: ziggy4 | May 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

So this is what passes for political discourse. Gosh. How enlightening.

Posted by: frodot | May 17, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse


Let me expand my comment below.

Elena Kagan was on the Board of directors of Advantage Testing Foundation ( front for for profit Advantage testing corp)

It is a coaching service for Law broads LSAT , graduate school, GMAT, etc.

The charges are $95 and $195 per 50 minutes of coaching.

It is a very common occurence for Harvard professors to associate with so called non profits which are in reality they are for profit ventures.

As we just saw yesterday the IRS is craking down on thesee so called non profits.

The second issue is that Kgan was the lead of Harvard law in while it may be illegal under Massacusetts law for her to have sat on the boaad of a testing service that may enrich her while signalling to prospective students it is a good idea to use her testing service to get into harvard, it certainly casts the appearance of impropriety.

this is a person who has no creditials or experienc eto even be nominated and any ordinary citizen can go onlin eand find this offense.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | May 17, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Really now do you rerally want to go there with cheney and halliburton out there bush and the oild biz I think not. LOL
do you even know the meaning of impropriety and I am sure you are a Sarah gullible
Even Laura Bush likes her she is at least educated and credible, unlike the hero Palin who is not credible and certainly not educated WTF with these republicons who hate freedom of thought, religion, and intelligence

Posted by: lildg54 | May 17, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

When will Palin's obscene hybrid intolerant evangelical religion/white, racist, far-right political party ever contribute anything positive?

Posted by: areyousaying | May 17, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the GOP mouthpieces are counting on the ignorance of their audience to make a point. To call them dissemblers and prevaricators is to tell us something we already know.

Posted by: st50taw | May 17, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Two Great Posts
the party of no the party with the intellectual capacity of a moron the party that keeps on giving hate and no and intolerance

Posted by: lildg54 | May 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Kagen as the Dean of Harvard Law illegally, (8-0 ruling of SCOTUS) BANNED the military from recruiting on campus during our war on terror and blamed Bill Clinton's order as Commander in Chief to follow don't ask don't tell rules. If that is what Harvard Law School training did to her, I suggest that they are training people who lack good solid judgment and instead use faulty logic to blame the military for following orders she disagrees with.

The Supreme Court 8-0 upheld the law. The government gives money to Harvard and Harvard cannot take the money and ban the military. HARVARD TAKES MONEY FROM SAUDI ARABIA and loves it, even though that country discriminates against women, Jews and other religions other than Islam.

This woman has never fought a case for a real person in her life or even sat in the small claims or traffic court.

She is an elitist who is out of touch and lives in the academic world. Abe Lincoln never went to any college and was a great lawyer of the people and a fine orator and wrote one of the greatest speeches ever written. He freed the slaves and kept this country from falling apart.

I would prefer a night school graduate, a woman who worked her way through while raising two kids and working in the daytime for the Red Cross.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 16, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse
LOL I sense intimidation by the intelligence factor where did the republican party go now they are just the stupid republicons scary no wonder the world hates us, the smug self righteous religious conservative types much like the taliban very scary

Posted by: lildg54 | May 17, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

When will Palin's obscene hybrid intolerant evangelical religion/white, racist, far-right political party ever contribute anything positive?

Posted by: areyousaying | May 17, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the GOP mouthpieces are counting on the ignorance of their audience to make a point. To call them dissemblers and prevaricators is to tell us something we already know.

Posted by: st50taw | May 17, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Let me expand my comment below.

Elena Kagan was on the Board of directors of Advantage Testing Foundation ( front for for profit Advantage testing corp)

It is a coaching service for Law broads LSAT , graduate school, GMAT, etc.

The charges are $95 and $195 per 50 minutes of coaching.

It is a very common occurence for Harvard professors to associate with so called non profits which are in reality they are for profit ventures.

As we just saw yesterday the IRS is craking down on thesee so called non profits.

The second issue is that Kgan was the lead of Harvard law in while it may be illegal under Massacusetts law for her to have sat on the boaad of a testing service that may enrich her while signalling to prospective students it is a good idea to use her testing service to get into harvard, it certainly casts the appearance of impropriety.

this is a person who has no creditials or experienc eto even be nominated and any ordinary citizen can go onlin eand find this offense.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | May 17, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I just wish somebody would reach out and pinch Jeff Sessions's head off at the neck.

He's got just about the same amount of brains as the average pimple. And what he has to say makes just about as much sense.

Go home, Jeff. Go back to Alabama where you belong.

Posted by: seattle_wa | May 17, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a Republican with any integrity. I listened to McConnell and others tell lie after lie on the Sunday talk shows, poor pitiful McCain if flipping and flopping, Sarah Palin blatently lied about the Democrats and the second amendment. How much will the American people take before they respond with total revulsion. Surely even the Tea party has some people with some integrity although you wonder as others wave thier racist signs.

Posted by: withersb | May 17, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The policy to prohibit groups that descriminate from being on campus was established by Kagan's predecessor. She continued that policy. The Military was not the only group that ran afoul of this policy, but it is the only on the governement decided should not be blocked by creating the Solomon Amendment. As soon as the court agreed the law stood, Kagan changed the schools policy in accordance. Harvard was only one of many schools that disagreed with the government deciding it didn't have to follow the rules if it didn't want to.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | May 17, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I would think that Mitch would love to ban books, after all Hitler burned them and Mitch has taken many notes from his playbook!!
Someone should ask Mitch what was the last book he read, it"ll be a 3rd or 4th primer to be sure!

Posted by: rosenfan1 | May 17, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

the real legal issue is Kagen's connection to a compnay that uses the non -profit ( & fouandation) corporate entitty to run a FOR profit company.

HArvard and the Ivys have oer the years now used to non profit entity to run buseinesses.

It aapprears that Kagen in conneected to just such an operation ( see her financials)


what gives with the nomination?

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | May 17, 2010 4:30 AM | Report abuse

Kagan also wants to ban McDonald's french fries or should I say Freedom Fries. She also wants to ban kitty cats, ice cream and puppies.

Posted by: juanchin | May 16, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Another example of the Gop skewing the fact to fit their political agenda. Also another example of the Gop politically needing to be against something without a real reason so they sling sh*t at the wall to see what might stick.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | May 16, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Did they seal the septic tank that Jeff Sessions leaked out of?

Posted by: fare777 | May 16, 2010 4:11 PM
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Probably not, after all, where did Kyl and McConnell come from?

Posted by: Bob22003 | May 16, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Leave it be. Obama has every right to choose his own SCJ nominee. It goes with the territory. Kagan doesn't have two heads, so slinging mud will just come back on you, so leave it be.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 16, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Leave it be. Obama has every right to choose his own SCJ nominee. It goes with the territory. Kagan doesn't have two heads, so slinging mud will just come back on you, so leave it be.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 16, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Leave it be. Obama has every right to choose his own SCJ nominee. It goes with the territory. Kagan doesn't have two heads, so slinging mud will just come back on you, so leave it be.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 16, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

sessions is a bitter benighted old fool who gets his knickers in a twist over every liberal judge because the senate would not even consider his nomination many years ago -- because he was grossly unqualified and his own party would not vote for him......so now he gets his hairs up and stomps around and makes a fool of himself.....as usual.

Posted by: John1263 | May 16, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Republicans: We are against Kagan's nomination and ... give us a couple of days to figure out why.

Posted by: ggilby1 | May 16, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that Howdy Dowdy, aka Senator Sessions from Alabama, is taking Ms. Elena Kagan to task for a variety of issues. This is a guy who was turned down (thank God) for a court appointment for his history of racial prejudice and other issues. I guess it is a sign of the greatness of this country that a nobody like Sen. Sessions can get to a position where he can question people of intellect and accomplishment who are nominated to high positions in our government.

Posted by: rkolashe | May 16, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

"The very fact that she led the effort ... to block the military from Harvard Law School" over opposition to the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy should disqualify her for anti-military sentiment, Gingrich said.

"I see no reason ... why the Senate would confirm an anti-military Supreme Court justice," he said.

"The president has every right to nominate a liberal," Gingrich said, but said the fact that the policy came from Congress and the Clinton administration in which she had served and not from the military itself showed that she had a "very myopic view" on barring the recruiters.

"On the one hand, Harvard accepts money from Saudis. Saudi Arabia, by the way, executes homosexuals," Gingrich said. "Saudi Arabia represses women. Saudi Arabia does not allow Christians or Jews to practice their religion. But Saudi money is fine.

"The American military didn't have a policy," he said. "The Congress of the United States and the Clinton administration she served in had a policy. And for her to single out the military was an extraordinarily myopic position."

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 16, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse


I first read this as "Republicans take aim at Koran." That would have been a much more realistic teaser.


Posted by: mortified469 | May 16, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Well the Republicans have to generate at least a little heat to remind their constituents of their presence. But they are unlikely to waste much capital on an effort they are not likely to win. Then there appears to be the reality that Elena Kagan might be a relatively favorable choice for them within the spectrum of those the President might nominate.

Posted by: dnjake | May 16, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Arizona Senator Kyl was one of the first to muse that Kagan must be "of an alternate life style" Later he suggested that she must be "opposed to the military". The first was done in a very circular way filled with hyperbole but designed to get the message (false of course) out. The Second took a leap from 'A' to 'Z' in order to make a point (again false). Now I wonder why a guy who so clearly is closely associated with the Republican closet sector and who takes stands against Military Health funding for VETS is so clear when it comes to a woman who shows supurb understanding of the law and who can demonstrate skills far above this narrow minded Arizona Senator. For the last year an and half the nation has watched the Kyl twisted logic at work while anyone who lives in Arizona knows very well that when you contact his office he will do absolutely nothing except put you on his and all of his 'fellow travelers' fundraising lists. It is also known locally that you have to be a Corporate money changer or a Wall Street chrony to get a response from him. Oh he talks a good game but he clearly does not have the goods and really has no right to critize the likes of Ms. Kagan. Hmmm. I wonder?

Posted by: AZdave | May 16, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

hussein's outrageous SC picks: first a RACIST, now a CRIMINAL -- people ONLY a lunatic-left extremist could accept.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | May 16, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are the trolls of civilization and a bane on modern life in America. Shut up and stuff it.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | May 16, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Laura Bush is with America's communist Democrat Party on this one, and doesn't know what she's talking about, merely blabbing about how nice it is for three women to be on the court. Yeah, how about
Kagan, Whoopie Goldberg and Rachel Maddow?
Kagan is a worshipper of Obama, and that's why he nominated her. She'll do whatever he tells her. In her own spoken words,
recorded in the recent past like during his campaign, she swoons over him like a 12-year-old bobbysoxer freezing in the New York winter for a glimpse of Frank Sinatra. This is what you get when you elect a Marxist, racist President.

Posted by: kypriotis | May 16, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse


Where was the outrage when half the Republicans were caught in the rest room.

Posted by: hhkeller | May 16, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Actually I am a lifetime MODERATE Republican but I hardly can recognize the Republican Party these days. However, I am very encouraged by Laura Bush's comments. I do confess that no doubt it is because my thoughts so closely mirror her thinking. But unless there is some tamping down of Republicans racist, hate filled, criticism of any comment not in accordance with the far right wing ideas and all things Obama, many moderates will bolt the party. Then Republicans can kiss victories in the U S House and Senate as well as the national leadership goodbye. I do not expect Laura Bush to bolt the party but her comments are very indicative of how the moderate wing of the party is so totally dissatisfied with this exclusionary party apparatus that exists now.

Posted by: mJJ2 | May 16, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Does Mitch McConnell ever do anything besides lie?

Posted by: rbmurals | May 16, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

WhatHeSaid wrote: "Laura Bush says she thinks it's great that Elena Kagan has been nominated for the Supreme Court... Laura Bush is far more popular with and respected by the American people than any Senate Republican."
______________________________________

You're correct: My pet duck Moronica is more popular and respected than any Senate Republican. But Mrs. Bush doesn't come across as a genius, either. Remember: she layed down and let George W. Bush climb on top of her.

Posted by: jewishmother | May 16, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

NO! No, No, NO!!! NO! Whaaaa! Cry Baby Republicans only know No, No, No!

My God, Republicans created a Supreme Court who gave corporations the rights of people. Of the Rich, By the Rich, and For the Rich to the destruction of the USA.

Posted by: chucky-el | May 16, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if McConnell made any comments a few months ago when the Texas education board decided to make modifications to the books and teachings they would allow?

Posted by: 1fasthoo | May 16, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is made up of has-beens.

It is not so long ago that they claimed that Sotomayor should not be appointed to the High Court because, unlike Republicans, she was incompetent and prejudiced against everything including apple pie. (Sob, sob)

However, we know the real reasons were that she was nominated by a Democrat (Obama), was of Latino origin and was female.

Posted by: robertjames1 | May 16, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Your comment says ...Take Aim At Kagin in its headline. Are you suggesting violence? You better take a look at the book of liberal jargon. If a conservative had used this term, they would be criticized for promoting terminology that might suggest violence. You hypocrite lefties need to get your stuff straight.

Posted by: johntu | May 16, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"...test out lines of attack . . ." How Republican. Look for something to be negative about for political reasons. I detest the GOP's being against everything. I read somewhere that they are holding up a huge number of President Obama's nominations, way more than were held up by the Democrats for GWB at the same time in his presidency.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | May 16, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The Party of No is at it again. They have to test out "potential lines of attack." That means they have no fundamental issue with her nomination...other than President Obama nominated her.

If there were some glaring defect in her qualifications that would be one thing. Product testing lines of "attack" to the rabid right is just pathetic.

Posted by: arancia12 | May 16, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely the best line of attack and the one which is at the core of today's Republican Party is the fact that she is NOT an old White MAN. They should keep harping on that because there are still 1 or 2 people who are unaware that being a woman is a stigma if you are a Republican.

Posted by: wmboyd | May 16, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

WHY SHOULDN'T THE HIGHEST COURT IN AMERICA BE REQUIRED TO HAVE HALF MEN AND HALF WOMAN JURISTS? WOMEN HAVE BEEN HELD BACK FROM ADVANCING ONLY BECAUSE OF MAN BASED STEREOTYPING. BECAUSE WOMEN HAVE FORCED MEN TO ALLOW EQUALITY SINCE THE 1960s, WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS STRIDES. BUT, THIS IS A MAN'S WORLD. THAT'S WHY THE SUPREME COURT IS A MAJORITY MALE. LAURA BUSH WOKE PEOPLE UP WITH HER SUPPORT OF MS. KAGAN. HOW DARE SHE AS THE WIFE OF A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, SUPPORT OBAMA'S NOMINATION!!! IT MAY BE MEN IN CONTROL, BUT WATCH OUT...THE WOMEN ARE COMING.

Posted by: skinfreak | May 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

A few words about Mitch McConnell:

This poor, pathetic , menacing has-been will say anything to keep his name in the news, even going so far as to imply that Ms. Kagan wants to ban books. Now, anyone with even half a brain, can see what he's up to; it's the republican way of trying to plant a fear into people's minds that this woman is something to be avoided at all costs. This method of McConnell's to place doubt on Kagan is as ridiculous as McConnell himself.....who will truly believe that a former Dean of Harvard would want to ban books?

It is my hope that the good people of KY will send this nincompoop back to the barn, where he can roll in the muck with the rest of his GOP gang.

Posted by: liberalwesterngirl | May 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Of course we take aim at Communists, that's how we roll. Just ask John Cornyn, Creigh Deeds, and David Obey..

Posted by: wewintheylose | May 16, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What is shocking to me is that USDOJ doesn't comply with the reporting requirements of 5 USC 552a(u) The Privacy Act. All federal agencies including DOJ are supposed to have a Data Integrity Committee that has open meetings with representatives from all the USDOJ departments. The law is really detailed about it. Former AG Thornburg said he was appointing a Data Integrity Committee but then it ended. They are supposed to report all allegations of complaints of misuse of matching programs and responses to them annually to OMB and the public. I complained to USDOJ that the USMS held me prisoner for 5 months without a criminal charge, arraignment, bail hearing etc. I was not allowed a lawyer and there were no witnesses. Former judge Nottingham simply ordered the USMS guards, probably the ones who were driving him to strip clubs to create Prisoner Tracking Records on me. They matched data with county jails that are restricted by contract to holding only prisoners with criminal charges or reluctant witnesses in criminal prosecutions. In the papers they created to hold me the place for statute was blank. (I don't have a criminal record). According to the federal register, prison tracking system records are supposed to include a certified judgment of commitment, a A0 40/41 form, and a speedy trial notice but they were missing all that. USMS doesn't verify the accuracy and completeness of input records and they don't keep an audit trail of who enters records, according to the Office of Inspector General open 2004 audit of Prisoner Tracking System records. This allowed them to extort me. DOJ also apparently creates lists of people who are to be denied government grants. I thought DOJ would be more open under Obama.

Posted by: kay_sieverding | May 16, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Kagen as the Dean of Harvard Law illegally, (8-0 ruling of SCOTUS) BANNED the military from recruiting on campus during our war on terror and blamed Bill Clinton's order as Commander in Chief to follow don't ask don't tell rules. If that is what Harvard Law School training did to her, I suggest that they are training people who lack good solid judgment and instead use faulty logic to blame the military for following orders she disagrees with.

The Supreme Court 8-0 upheld the law. The government gives money to Harvard and Harvard cannot take the money and ban the military. HARVARD TAKES MONEY FROM SAUDI ARABIA and loves it, even though that country discriminates against women, Jews and other religions other than Islam.

This woman has never fought a case for a real person in her life or even sat in the small claims or traffic court.

She is an elitist who is out of touch and lives in the academic world. Abe Lincoln never went to any college and was a great lawyer of the people and a fine orator and wrote one of the greatest speeches ever written. He freed the slaves and kept this country from falling apart.

I would prefer a night school graduate, a woman who worked her way through while raising two kids and working in the daytime for the Red Cross.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 16, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious! The Party of No has no real objection to Kagan, but they just can't help themselves and are desperately seeking a reason so that they can pretend that they stand for something.

All that they stand for is wrecking America and then standing in the way of its repair.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | May 16, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This nation has so many challenges and these poor political hacks just hack away. The history books won't remember any of their names after 20 years from now. Ms. Kagan on the other hand will be more than a footnote. Sorry boys, there isn't much left for white southern boys.

Posted by: frederick2 | May 16, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

This nation has soon many challenges and these poor political hacks just hack away. The history books won't remember any of their names after 20 years from now. Ms. Kagan on the other hand will be more than a footnote. Sorry boys, there isn't much left for white southern boys.

Posted by: frederick2 | May 16, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON -- Laura Bush says she thinks it's great that Elena Kagan has been nominated for the Supreme Court.

The former first lady she's "really glad" there would be three women among the nine justices if Kagan won confirmation. Kagan would join Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Laura Bush tells "Fox News Sunday" that women should be represented "in all parts of American political and civic life." ~ Washingon Post

(Laura Bush is far more popular with and respected by the American people than any Senate Republican. It's over, goobers -- except for your pathetic posturing and bloviating.)

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | May 16, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Did they seal the septic tank that Jeff Sessions leaked out of?

Posted by: fare777 | May 16, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The nomination of Kagan to the Supreme Court fortifies the status quo. She is a follower of precedent and the constitution. The only black mark in her past is when in high school she led a group of girls to the principles office to open up ladies rooms to smokers. The 4th floor ladies room was opened up in a compromise.

Posted by: melpol | May 16, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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