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Why Republicans are treading lightly in Elena Kagan hearings
Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo ^ | Tue Jun 29, 8:57 am ET | Gail Russell Chaddock

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 Kagan’s 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 Bush’s 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. Bush’s refusal to give over memos produced by Mr. Estrada in his work as Bush’s top lawyer.

That shadow lingers over these hearings, with Republicans seeking to take the moral high ground.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elenakagan; kaganscotusgop; scotus
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1 posted on 06/30/2010 7:24:49 PM PDT by dr_who
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".. with Republicans seeking to take the moral high ground."

And... that's where they raised the 'white flag' and were killed!

2 posted on 06/30/2010 7:27:56 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only radical and destructive.)
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To: dr_who

It’s because they have no balls.


3 posted on 06/30/2010 7:29:32 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: dr_who

...is it just me; or does she look like Lou Costello?...assuming of course, that you’re old enough to remember.


4 posted on 06/30/2010 7:29:41 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: dr_who
Because Senate Republicans are still limp, impotent, panty waist metrosexuals afraid of a confrontation with the 0bama. After all this. Dear God our country is DOOMED.
5 posted on 06/30/2010 7:31:21 PM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: dr_who
I'm tired of the GOP "moral high ground!"

Fight dirt with dirt!

6 posted on 06/30/2010 7:31:24 PM PDT by lonestar (Barry is furious the big spill wasn't caused by EXXON...would have nationalized it by now.)
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To: dr_who

“...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.


7 posted on 06/30/2010 7:31:24 PM PDT by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: dr_who
Why Republicans are treading lightly in Elena Kagan hearings

Because they lack the necessary organs, like gonads and spines.

8 posted on 06/30/2010 7:31:54 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: LibFreeUSA

Absolutely.


9 posted on 06/30/2010 7:33:07 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (Obama: Dimming the lights of that shining city upon a hill.)
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To: dr_who

The Republicans do this to cater to the non-existent “moderates”, which are an invention of the Democrats.


10 posted on 06/30/2010 7:34:15 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: STONEWALLS
...is it just me; or does she look like Lou Costello?

Sorry, it's just you. Mr. Costello was much thinner, and had a much nicer personality, too.

11 posted on 06/30/2010 7:34:43 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
It’s because they have no balls.

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.

12 posted on 06/30/2010 7:34:50 PM PDT by SMM48
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To: dr_who
“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.”

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.

13 posted on 06/30/2010 7:36:13 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: dr_who

The bury your head in the sand strategy, yeah that’s a real winner.


14 posted on 06/30/2010 7:36:47 PM PDT by Bullish (Been to all 57 States.... Or is it 58?)
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To: lonestar
I'm tired of the GOP "moral high ground!"

CAPITULATING is NOT "high moral ground"!!

15 posted on 06/30/2010 7:37:55 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: dr_who

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


16 posted on 06/30/2010 7:38:53 PM PDT by donna (The best security for old age: respect your children. - Sholem Asch)
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To: STONEWALLS

17 posted on 06/30/2010 7:40:37 PM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: SCalGal

That’s why I put it in quotes!...I agree.


18 posted on 06/30/2010 7:40:57 PM PDT by lonestar (Barry is furious the big spill wasn't caused by EXXON...would have nationalized it by now.)
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To: lonestar
I am so sick of them all!
19 posted on 06/30/2010 7:42:12 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: Pharmboy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOIEGz7o_s


20 posted on 06/30/2010 7:42:55 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: ClearCase_guy

... speaking of Lindsay Graham.


21 posted on 06/30/2010 7:43:55 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: dr_who
I think many Republican Senators view Kagan as just one Kook lib replacing another Kook Lib (Stevens) so they don't care about expending a lot of political capital defeating her. Since the end result would be Obama just appointing a different Kook Lib in her place. I hope, god forbid, if one of the conservative justices was to pass away or be forced to retire due to illness that they would hold the line, even to the point of leaving the seat unfilled by not advancing any of the Presidents nominees, until we have a different administration.
22 posted on 06/30/2010 7:45:46 PM PDT by apillar
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To: dr_who
That shadow lingers over these hearings, with Republicans seeking to take the moral high ground.

These spineless losers never learn.

23 posted on 06/30/2010 7:48:48 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: dr_who
with Republicans seeking to take the moral high ground.

Since when is cowardice and lack of any discernible principles that matter "moral high ground"?

24 posted on 06/30/2010 7:49:11 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Once you realize they're doing it on purpose, everything becomes clear.)
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To: Pharmboy

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.


25 posted on 06/30/2010 7:51:57 PM PDT by chris37
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To: dr_who

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!!!


26 posted on 06/30/2010 7:55:11 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: apillar

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.


27 posted on 06/30/2010 7:59:00 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: RatRipper

Agreed.


28 posted on 06/30/2010 7:59:37 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: dr_who
Ah, the moral high ground. At a time when we are in a fight for the very continued existence of our Republic, and the Repugs are going to ONCE AGAIN take the moral high ground. Anyone wonder why I changed my registration to “I” and will never give the RNC, NRSC, or the NRCC any money? Only contributing to indiviudal from here on out. No gonads, no nmoney
29 posted on 06/30/2010 8:02:12 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: chris37

Good observations...however, there does seem to be a resemblance around the eyes. Hooded...


30 posted on 06/30/2010 8:03:20 PM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: SCalGal
I am so sick of them all!

WORTH REPEATING!

31 posted on 06/30/2010 8:04:25 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: dr_who

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.


32 posted on 06/30/2010 8:06:32 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: dr_who

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!


33 posted on 06/30/2010 8:08:20 PM PDT by Missouri gal
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To: Pharmboy

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.


34 posted on 06/30/2010 8:11:03 PM PDT by chris37
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To: RatRipper

...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.


35 posted on 06/30/2010 8:12:25 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: ClearCase_guy
It’s because they have no balls.

That and their backsides are made of soft, nougat-centered confection (i.e., candy a$$es).

36 posted on 06/30/2010 8:17:19 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Missouri gal

“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.


37 posted on 06/30/2010 8:18:14 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: apillar

“…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.


38 posted on 06/30/2010 8:20:32 PM PDT by frog in a pot (Wake up America! You are losing the war against your families and your Constitution!)
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To: Cheerio

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.


39 posted on 06/30/2010 8:20:56 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Pharmboy

OMG, she does look like him!


40 posted on 06/30/2010 8:21:11 PM PDT by McGavin999 (I'm sorry, your race card is overdrawn and no further charges can be accepted)
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To: hellbender
Why Republicans are treading lightly in Elena Kagan hearings

Because they lack the necessary organs, like gonads and spines.

Recent photo of the current Republican leadership

41 posted on 06/30/2010 8:50:55 PM PDT by sjmjax
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To: dr_who

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.


42 posted on 06/30/2010 8:57:24 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Heavenly Father, deliver us from evil and from those perpetuating it, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: dr_who

Because they’re really Wee Publicans.

(thanks to Jim Eason for the moniker)


43 posted on 06/30/2010 9:00:02 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: dr_who

Quite simply, iz it gonna take gunz?


44 posted on 06/30/2010 9:03:34 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (Rebuke, Renounce, Repeal, Repeat,...)
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To: dr_who
Why Republicans are treading lightly in Elena Kagan hearings

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!

45 posted on 06/30/2010 9:04:04 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (There is no "common good" which minimizes or sacrifices the individual. --Walter Scott Hudson)
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To: dr_who

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.


46 posted on 06/30/2010 9:53:09 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Tex-Con-Man

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


47 posted on 07/01/2010 1:17:09 AM PDT by Cowgirl
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To: backwoods-engineer

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?


48 posted on 07/01/2010 2:24:17 AM PDT by 1951Boomer
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Plus they don’t want to be seen beating up on a girl.

Are you sure it is one.

49 posted on 07/01/2010 2:27:34 AM PDT by jslade (People that are easily offended OFFEND ME!)
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To: LibFreeUSA

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!

http://weekendpundit.org/2009/10/sarah-plain-is-not-fading-away.html


50 posted on 07/01/2010 2:31:45 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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