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Posted on 05/13/2010 4:33:30 PM PDT by upchuck
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan received critical cover from moderate Republicans on Thursday on two issues likely to dominate her upcoming confirmation hearings: gays in the military and judicial experience.
Kagan has been strongly criticized by GOP leaders for her efforts to block military recruiters from Harvard University during her time as the school's law school dean because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The policy, opposed by President Obama, prevents gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces.
Top Republicans have also highlighted the fact that Kagan has never served as a federal judge, something that distinguishes her from all nine current members of the high court.
If party moderates break from the GOP leadership on these issues, it dramatically increases Kagan's chances of overcoming a possible filibuster and winning confirmation as the country's 112th Supreme Court justice.
Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown -- who broke the Democrats' 60-member filibuster-proof majority by winning the late Ted Kennedy's seat in January -- said after meeting with Kagan that he is satisfied she supports members of the military.
"It was the first question I actually asked her because, having been in the military, I had concerns about [her] position at Harvard," Brown said.
Earlier in the day, Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said she doesn't have any concerns about Kagan's experience. She also said she didn't see any "extraordinary circumstances" that could lead her to join a potential filibuster against Kagan.
Collins said that Kagan told her she considers Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling establishing a constitutional right to abortion, to be settled law. Kagan herself has remained tight-lipped when asked such questions from reporters.
The support of Brown and Collins alone, combined with a unified Democratic caucus, would be enough to ensure Kagan's confirmation.
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The ‘CNN wire staff’ don’t even have enough collective balls to sign their real names to this drivel.
I like to believe I am NOT a “moderate” Republican....just a principled one.
I hate Washington! Hate it!
It's RINO season.
“rino” isn’t a descriptive enough term. “@ss-kisser” or “sellout” might be more appropos.
But some were saying that Brown should be on a presidential ticket in 2012.
(Maybe Collins can be his running mate)
RINO’s give rhinos a bad, bad name.
Yes, she supports the troops when the shoot their officers.
Both RINOs and the Rat base are too stupid to figure that out.
We’ve GOT TO STOP settling for RHINOS!!!
If there’s not a non-RHINO candidate, get one! *F* the GOP.
Frankly, that ought to be enough to tank her.
Kagan finds the First Amendment, free speech, and the Second Amendment not worth following. And this is just in the last few years.
Her thesis deserves no more than what the title is To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900-1933. What do you think that means.
The SC already has it’s useful idiot, does it need it’s socialist now? And how would she take the oath? Blank out the parts she doesn’t like?
I HATE THE MEDIA FOR THEIR CORRUPTED REPORTING TOO
Put that RINO head on Susan Collins’ bed.
Given all the RINOs, why don’t we place some DINOs....why not infiltrate in kind.
Only a DEAD (politically) RINO is a GOOD RINO
Do you need any more proof that the Republicans in Congress are not on our side. They do this everytime. A few come out for someone that clearly does not belong on the Supreme Court instead of fighting for what the people who sent them there want. I am tired of game playing and the lies they are telling us to make themselves rich and us poor.
I sincerely hope Scott Brown will not be returning to Congress along with the rest of this Congress.
Btw, I did think it was odd when he was campaigning there were a lot of pictures of him hanging his head. Wonder why? Could it be he is ashamed he lied to the people.
Why should any Republican trust anything that Obama says, or any nominee he puts in front of them?
Scott Brino and Susan Colrino continue to perform as expected. No one should be surprised. I’ll wait for the brino supporters to show up yelling about unrealistic purists, etc.
If you want Collins out of there, there needs to be a Conservative Republican who can beat her in the Republican Primary.
That man is Paul LePage.
But he needs to become Governor first.
After 4 years in charge in Augusta, he could challenge Collins from that seat.
The Primary, with 7 candidates, is 10 days away, on June 8, and Paul LePage could use your campaign contributions and if you’re in Maine, your vote.
2 good LePage threads here: