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Kagan speaks: open thread

After three hours of Democratic fawning and Republican attacks, it's Elena Kagan's turn to speak. You can see my open thread on senators' opening statements here. Live analysis of Kagan's is below.

4:06 p.m. After three hours it's over, with Kagan speaking for all of about eight minutes. No one can really draw a conculsion about Kagan's judicial philosohy from her brief, but elegant statements. All modern nominees promise restraint and deference to the political branches. Hopefully, we'll be able to tell more when the senators engage her in questioning.

4:05 p.m. The Supreme Court, Kagan asserts, must be "modest." (The same word used by now-Chief Justice John Robert Jr. during his confirmation hearing.) And the court must be "properly deferential to the American people and their representatives."

3:58 p.m. Kagan asserts that "what the rule of law does is nothing less than secure for each of us the blessing of liberty." She vows to approach these obligations with "even-handedness, principle and restraint."

3:56 p.m. Pays homage to former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for paving the way for "so many women."

3:55 p.m. Kagan invokes the memory of her parents and says they lived the American dream, growing up in immigrant communities and emphasizing the value of education.

3:54 p.m. Kagan calls today a "day of sorrow" because of the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd.

3:52 p.m Leahy swears in Elena Kagan..

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 28, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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The other reason today is a "day of sorrow" is that Justice Ginsberg's husband died. (Martin Ginsberg, prof. of tax law at Georgetown, and possibly the most respected tax law prof. in the country.)

Posted by: Dan4 | June 28, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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