Skip to comments.Why Republicans are treading lightly in Elena Kagan hearings
Posted on 06/30/2010 7:24:42 PM PDT by dr_who
Washington At Day 1 of her Senate confirmation hearings, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan struck tones of modesty and restraint the template for every nominee since Judge Robert Bork opted to go toe-to-toe with liberals on the Senate Judiciary panel in 1987 and was rejected.
The Supreme Court is a wondrous institution, Ms. Kagan said in her opening statement. But the time I spent in the other branches of government remind me that it must also be a modest one properly deferential to the decisions of the American people and their elected representatives.
It is this time spent in other branches of government specifically, as the Obama administration solicitor general that, under typical circumstances, might have become a focal point of these hearings. But Republicans are treading softly in asking for Kagans memos as solicitor general, guided by a deep sense of injustice over a failed judicial nomination far less well known yet little less controversial than the Bork nomination.
From 2001 to 2003, Democrats refused to confirm President Bushs solicitor general, Miguel Estrada, for a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It was the first-ever filibuster for an appeals-court nominee, and it centered on Mr. Bushs refusal to give over memos produced by Mr. Estrada in his work as Bushs top lawyer.
That shadow lingers over these hearings, with Republicans seeking to take the moral high ground.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
And... that's where they raised the 'white flag' and were killed!
It’s because they have no balls.
...is it just me; or does she look like Lou Costello?...assuming of course, that you’re old enough to remember.
Fight dirt with dirt!
“...the Supreme Court is a wondrous institution....” it is when you can fantasize what the Constitution means, otherwise it’s not supposed to be an “activist” court as every effin’ liberal has used it to pass legislation that wouldn’t make it through Congress given Supreme Court judges are not elected by the people. I’m nauseous listening to this woman lie through her teeth, much less looking at her. Another nitwit on the supreme court, joining the most recent previous nitwit to be approved for sitting on the bench, whatever that supposed “wise” latina’s name is. What a joke. When I’m done vomiting, maybe the Republicans will be back in control and actually act like Republicans for a change, but I’m not holding my breath.
Because they lack the necessary organs, like gonads and spines.
The Republicans do this to cater to the non-existent “moderates”, which are an invention of the Democrats.
Sorry, it's just you. Mr. Costello was much thinner, and had a much nicer personality, too.
You are correct!
It's time for we, the people, to fry that capital switchboard again. Vote NO on Kagan or face the consequences in November.
She is following the scheme used by 0bama: pretending to be a moderate, while her entire record, like 0's, is that of a revolutionary seeking to destroy our cultural traditions and the Constitution. But most Pubbies don't believe in that heritage either, so we will be stuck with another Marxist revolutionary on the court for as long as she lives.
The bury your head in the sand strategy, yeah that’s a real winner.
CAPITULATING is NOT "high moral ground"!!
So the Republicans are so principled that they don’t want to “Bork” Kagan?
Just tell the truth! Bork was a law abiding man of good character who was worthy to be on the Court.
Kagan does not quality in any way to be on the Court.
“Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and of life.” - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
That’s why I put it in quotes!...I agree.
... speaking of Lindsay Graham.
These spineless losers never learn.
Since when is cowardice and lack of any discernible principles that matter "moral high ground"?
Nope. Lou’s face is wider at the top and narrower at the bottom.
Kagan’s face is the exact opposite. Her jowls are much bigger than her brain box.
To beat them, you have to be just as ruthless as your enemies. We have forgotten how to fight a war. Folks, this is war!!!
Makes sense. I can only hope that Republicans are building a case in the long term for another conservative Republican presidency soon in order to protect both popular sovereignity and the constitution.
Good observations...however, there does seem to be a resemblance around the eyes. Hooded...
What is it that she doesn’t understand about the amendment process? The framers dealt with the interpretation issues by disallowing the possibility of a simple majority over-riding it and running roughshod over a large minority by requiring a super super majority and 3/4 of the state legislatures to amend. As Chief Justice Roberts said, if you don’t like what the Constitution requires, then amend it. You can’t override it via the normal legislative process.
There are so many things wrong with this woman being placed on a bench as a judge of anything that it boggles the mind she could be nominated and supported with a straight face. Smoking guns? She is nothing BUT smoke!
Yes there does seem to be a resemblance at the eyes, both appear hooded. However, just from my own observation, his eyes seem brighter, sharper, and not sinister. Her eyes, along with other facial features, appear much different.
She has a lot of problems, and I do not think that she is sane at all.
...although as the article hints, some of the Bush administration’s tactics could be coming back to haunt Republicans (not to mention some of Bush’s first few lackluster nominees). It’s better for Republicans to mop the floor with the opposition on questions of law and the nominee’s record than to try to play for the sympathy of tv viewers. Hell, do you think the Democrats would shrink from putting someone like John Edwards in a high court if they thought they could get away with it? After all, he’s a successful lawyer and has nice hair even though he is a white male. Conservatives need to stop playing by cynical Democrat rules and start attacking the liberal agenda for the courts directly.
That and their backsides are made of soft, nougat-centered confection (i.e., candy a$$es).
“News” organizations like AP are treating this just like Obamacare. It’s political football, followed by another victory for their guy Obama over the visiting team. Their version of “objectivity” is to avoid any discussion of why anyone would question Kagan’s qualifications, since she’s such a brilliant political athlete.
they don’t care about expending a lot of political capital defeating her.
That may be true.
The sad thing is they fail to recognize they can earn political capital by standing up to the socialist threat even when they are outvoted.
Republican politicians are applauded whenever they show they are willing to fight. One only has to look at the Contract with America.
Most of us appreciated the Joe Wilson event at least until the Repub leadership directed him to apologize to O.
Yeah, I wonder what the point of giving money to the RNC is if they’re going to try and turn into another Tory party.
OMG, she does look like him!
Because they lack the necessary organs, like gonads and spines.
Recent photo of the current Republican leadership
Because they are cowards and nothing but politicians who care more about THEIR careers and THEIR benifits than they do the well being and future of America.
Because they’re really Wee Publicans.
(thanks to Jim Eason for the moniker)
Quite simply, iz it gonna take gunz?
Because a) they're a bunch of pansies and political cowards, or b) they're progressives, too, but just don't want to reach Communism as fast as The One.
Either way, I'M SICK OF IT! BORK KAGAN!
My theory is that they did a vote count and found out they don’t have enough votes for a filibuster, and therefore, don’t have anything to threaten with.
Thank you “McCain is a RINO so I’ll stay home” voters.
Could Odumbass have picked a worse candidate? Noooo
Have the Republicans ever gotten their way even when
they held the presidency and congress? Noooo
Will they do something this time? Noooo
Are we screwed one more time? yessss
These hearings are an absolute cakewalk compared to the Bork and Thomas hearings. Plus they don’t want to be seen beating up on a girl. Doesn’t Drudge have a pic up of her crying? For Pete’s sake, can you imagine Bork or Thomas resorting to TEARS?
Are you sure it is one.
Here is a MUST SEE embedded video although it begins discussing Sarah Palin’s resignation. But it evolves to discussing Alinsky and his followers in the DNC and their strategy of “holding moral people to moral standards while immoral people have no standards to be held to”. The key point made toward the end is WE MUST be willing to fight just as dirty with these Alinsky socialists or we will lose this war and lose America. The absolute best vid op-ed...you can’t take a knife to a gun fight!