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Ajamil
10th May 10, 03:01 PM
Yeah - I wish it was Tom Kagan as well. Dude's reserved, rarely puts in an opinion, and would probably leave things the hell alone unless absolutely necessary.

But no, this is about Supremem Court nominee Elena Kagan, and Obama pushing her as his second appointment to the highest court in the US. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/05/10/2010-05-10_elena_kagan_supreme_court_nominee_gops_verdict_ is_shes_rubber_stamp_for_obama_ad.html)


Senate Republicans and conservative groups cited Elena Kagan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Elena+Kagan)'s lack of judicial experience and charged that Kagan would follow the progressive legal agenda of the White House (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/The+White+House) in rote step, but they stopped short Monday of pushing for a filibuster to block a floor vote.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mitch+McConnell) called Kagan a "rubber stamp" for the Obama administration (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Barack+Obama), and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Cornyn) said she was out of touch with most Americans.
"Ms. Kagan has spent her entire professional career in Harvard Square (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Harvard+Square), Hyde Park (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Hyde+Park), and the D.C. Beltway," said Cornyn, chairman of the GOP (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/U.S.+Republican+Party) senatorial campaign committee. "These are not places where one learns how ordinary people live."
Kagan also drew heat from the left over her perceived defense of limits on Court oversight of executive decisions on terror suspects and the Guantanamo Bay (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Guantanamo+Bay) prison camp.
"We don't see any basis to assume she does not embrace the (administration of former President George W.) Bush view of executive power," said Vince Warren (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Vince+Warren), executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Center+for+Constitutional+Rights).
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Harry+Reid) hailed the choice of a nominee "from outside the judicial monastery," and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Patrick+Leahy), who will hold hearings on Kagan's nomination as chairman of the Judiciary Committee (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/U.S.+Senate+Committee+on+the+Judiciary), pledged to get a vote on Kagan before the August Congressional recess.
In a relatively mild reaction from a Republican leader, Third Branch Conference chairman Manuel Miranda (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Manuel+Miranda) called Kagan "a perfectly reasonable nominee for a Democratic president."
Nevertheless, Miranda noted, Kagan "has no judicial record to show the honed skill of judiciousness...the ability to put aside personal views to render justice."
"Kagan is a stealth nominee for both the Left, who want guarantees on the results of cases, and for the Right, who want to know how a nominee will approach judging."
That suggests Kagan's confirmation hearings this summer may be more intense than Obama's first pick, then-appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Sonia+Sotomayor).


Never heard of her, nor have I heard anything about her besides this story. I'll see if I can find some vids of her being questioned.
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Spade: The Real Snake
10th May 10, 03:54 PM
[tom kagan]....something grumpy....[/tom kagan]

jkdbuck76
10th May 10, 04:13 PM
I'm concerned that she has never been a judge. Plenty of college professor and lawyer experience (like Mr. President). But she's never been a judge.

I mean, I like it when a Presidential candidate has been a governor. And I like it when a candidate for sheriff has some law enforcement experience. But she would be the only supreme court justice with no experience being a judge.

I'm just not really excited about Mr. Obama's move on this one.

Ajamil
10th May 10, 04:17 PM
Here's a bit of Kagan in action, and being delightfully ironic in the first vid:
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The second vid shows her ingenious ability to act as a yes-woman for a senator:
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HappyOldGuy
10th May 10, 04:29 PM
I'm concerned that she has never been a judge. Plenty of college professor and lawyer experience (like Mr. President). But she's never been a judge.

I mean, I like it when a Presidential candidate has been a governor. And I like it when a candidate for sheriff has some law enforcement experience. But she would be the only supreme court justice with no experience being a judge.

I'm just not really excited about Mr. Obama's move on this one.

I'm not terribly excited either, but judges are harder to get confirmed in todays political environment. Because they leave a paper trail of legally correct but politically unpopular decisions behind them. That's why we have seen fewer star judges getting on the supreme court lately.

bob
13th May 10, 03:58 AM
Ok, Americans help me out. Is publishing a picture of a woman playing softball tantamount to calling her a lesbian? I'm a little confused here.

http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/wsj_kagan_softball_trust.php?page=all

billy sol hurok
13th May 10, 07:01 AM
Ok, Americans help me out. Is publishing a picture of a woman playing softball tantamount to calling her a lesbian? I'm a little confused here.

http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/wsj_kagan_softball_trust.php?page=all
It's not the softball.

It's the [stage whisper] comfortable shoes [/stage whisper].

EvilSteve
13th May 10, 07:51 AM
Or, you know, the haircut.

My first impression of her was "Cool! We get a lesbian on the Supreme Court!"

HappyOldGuy
13th May 10, 10:50 AM
There are tons of denials floating around, but I'm waiting for the sex tape.

lant3rn
13th May 10, 11:05 AM
There are tons of denials floating around, but I'm waiting for the sex tape.

Would you really watch that?.. The idea sends a shiver up my spine

Aaranar
13th May 10, 11:22 AM
Ok, Americans help me out. Is publishing a picture of a woman playing softball tantamount to calling her a lesbian? I'm a little confused here.

http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/wsj_kagan_softball_trust.php?page=all


In the states, among men, it's a common wink, wink, nudge, nudge adage that female softball players prefer tuna to tube steak, or at the very least switch hit if they are reasonably attractive.


The most likely reason is that WSJ is owned by News Corp, parent company of Fox News.

jkdbuck76
13th May 10, 11:32 AM
It's not the softball.

It's the [stage whisper] comfortable shoes [/stage whisper].

Do these shoes have extra-long tongues?

Spade: The Real Snake
13th May 10, 12:25 PM
Would you really watch that?.. The idea sends a shiver up my spine

of course he would, look at her.
it would be like watching bear pr0n

HappyOldGuy
13th May 10, 12:29 PM
Would you really watch that?.. The idea sends a shiver up my spine

I probably would, but I'm mostly ruminating on the fact that the family values folks have almost reached the point of making sex tapes mandatory for public office.

lant3rn
13th May 10, 12:43 PM
Maybe that's why Sarah Palin left office....

I'm thinking a video of her and the chick from steve's avatar ....
That would be priceless.

How long do you guys think it will take before an openly gay individual could reach a position of supreme court justice or House Chairman?

EvilSteve
13th May 10, 12:51 PM
I'd bet we could have a gay supreme court justice today- if they were appointed by a Republican.

Dems don't have to appeal to the hate vote, but they do have to appeal to the gay vote. GOP on the other hand, do have to appeal to the hate vote and will find about any reason they can to oppose someone like that. Not to mention these days they'll find any reason they can to oppose anyone or anything put forth by the other party.