An elegant defense of Kagan from an unlikely source
Talk about a class act.
You'll recall that Miguel Estrada's nomination to a prestigious federal judgeship was blocked by Democrats and left-wing groups who grossly distorted his record and used every conceivable trick to keep the young, brilliant and, yes, conservative lawyer off the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit -- and out of contention for an eventual spot on the Supreme Court.
But now, rather than join some of his fellow conservatives in blindly lambasting Elena Kagan, Estrada has offered an elegant and earnest testimonial advocating the confirmation of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
From the letter he sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning:
Elena possesses a formidable intellect, an exemplary temperament and a rare ability to disagree with others without being disagreeable. She is calm under fire and mature and deliberate in her judgments....
If such a person, who has demonstrated great intellect, high accomplishments and an upright life, is not easily confirmable, I fear we will have reached a point where no capable person will readily accept a nomination for judicial service.
This will not sit well with some Republican senators -- and may have the bizarre result of fueling suspicion from some on the left who worry that Kagan is a right-winger in Dem's clothing. (Estrada acknowledges this potential and notes that Kagan's views are "as firmly center-left as my own are center-right.") Whatever the political impact, the endorsement is evidence of Estrada's class and his high-mindedness. Let's hope that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle can follow his example -- even if they reach a different conclusion.
| May 14, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
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