Justice Elena Kagan To Be ‘Far Above Political Fray,’ Or ‘ Obama’s Political Proxy’?

Reaction was predictably immediate and sharply divided after the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan Thursday to be the next justice on the Supreme Court.

Senators approved Kagan, 50, to be the fourth woman on the high court by a vote of 63-37. Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat in voting to send Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

For the first time, Kagan will become the third woman to sit on the court concurrently, creating a female bloc of justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Kagan joins the Supreme Court with no prior judicial experience but having served as President Obama’s solicitor general.

“General Kagan is a public servant who has remained far above the political fray, and will be the only Justice who comes from outside the judicial monastery. She is a student and teacher of the law who looks up from her books out into the real world,” says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “And she knows that while we are a nation of laws and not of men, the former has a genuine and personal impact on the lives of the latter.

“Because of her intellect and integrity; her reason, restraint and respect for the rule of law; her unimpeachable character and unwavering fidelity to our Constitution, I am proud to cast my vote for her confirmation,” Reid adds in his floor statement.

While Reid and other supporters sang Kagan’s praises, conservatives were quick to paint Kagan as a threat.

Prominent conservative and one-time presidential candidate Gary Bauer says that he worries Kagan will be “agenda-driven judge forcing left-wing ideology into the Constitution.”

Kagan, however, is not expected to significantly tilt the ideological direction of the high court, Stevens had been one of its leading liberals for decades.

“The vast majority of Americans express strong opposition to an increasingly imperial judiciary. Left-wing judges are forcing radical social change on the American people,” Bauer says. “I think the record and the history of Ms. Kagan demonstrates she will be another vote for the radical left agenda rather than Constitutional government. Her career has been entirely political. She has advised presidents on how to manipulate the law for partisan ends and advocated on behalf of the radical gay rights agenda and an expansion of abortion on demand when it was in her power to do so. Her promises to be an unbiased jurist are not credible. I believe that Elena Kagan will be Barack Obama‘s political proxy on the high court.”

The publisher of the news site On The Hill, Scott Nance has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.

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2 Responses to Justice Elena Kagan To Be ‘Far Above Political Fray,’ Or ‘ Obama’s Political Proxy’?

  1. Linda says:

    Our President of the United States had a great couple of months;

    1. Financial reformed passed, thanks to “Tea Party Approved” Senator Scott Brown (R-MA)
    2. AZ SB1070 (written by Neo Nazi lover, Russell Pearce and private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) lover, Jan Brewer, both “Tea Party Approved” ) fails in court when legally challenged.
    3. CA Prop 8 (financially supported by San Diego businessman Terry Caster, owner of A-1 Self Storage, Company, San Diego businessman Doug Manchester owner Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Grand del Mar, Church of Latter Day Saint (LDS/ Mormons), Catholic Church, both “Tea Party Approved”) fails in court when legally challenged, the judge appointed by Ronald Reagan.
    4. Elena Kagan Confirmed to Supreme Court, (63 to 37, with the help of Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Judd Gregg, and Richard Lugar, could they all be “Tea Party Approved”? I wonder.
    5. Another Birther lawsuit (Captain Pamela Barnett, V. Barack Obama) and “Tea Party Approved”, was dismissed.

    Happy Birthday Mr. President, even though belated, keep going, you are doing great and I am personally enjoy that the so called “Tea Party” is taking it so well. Love it.

  2. Peace says:

    How does she feel about an Islamic Mosque being built at Ground 0 as a citizen ? “Let It Be…” By the Beatles or Jennifer Hudson. I think she’ll be a great for the Supreme Court . When are we taking advantage of the First Amendment and not as American citizens being considerate ? Why there and why not find another location and pray in peace without causing such controversial unrest among millions of Americans ? Can anything be done about this legally ? Homeland security doesn’t sound real excited about it and watch Candi Crowley’s interview on CNN today. Does the mayor of New York have enough protest permits ? What do the labor unions have to say ? Why Ground 0 ?