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Talking Points: Day One of the Kagan Confirmation Hearings

* In her opening statement today, Solicitor General Elena Kagan laid out her belief that the Supreme Court's role in our society is to act as a safeguard to the rule of law by maintaining a commitment to impartiality, principle and restraint; and the role of a Supreme Court justice is to approach each case with even-handedness and fair-mindedness to ensure that everyone who comes before the court receives a fair shake.

* And we heard Kagan draw on her experiences in other branches of our government, which has added to her view that the Court must be properly deferential to the decisions made by the American people and their elected representatives.

* She also explained that the work of her career has taught her that progress is made when we choose to listen to each other, regardless of ideology or political point of view; and that approaching every person and issue with an open mind is the surest way to reaching the right conclusions.

* She vowed that, if confirmed, she would do her best to consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle, and in accordance with law.

* We also saw many Republicans senators on the Judiciary Committee begin the hearings by skipping from one debunked political attack to the next in their ongoing search for a rationale to oppose Kagan's nomination. They continually criticized Kagan as being inexperienced - an argument that has been rejected by many conservative legal thinkers and the last eight Solicitors General, Democrats and Republicans, who have endorsed Elena Kagan and argued that she has exactly the right kind of experience to sit on the Supreme Court.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 28, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
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