Solicitor General Elena Kagan seems to be handling the Senate Judiciary Committee pretty well. Wednesday was her third day of testimony and she was displaying patience, humor and intelligence. The senators were, well, senators.
Following in the well-worn footsteps of previous nominees, Kagan said she will have an open mind on all issues, be a justice who interprets rather than make law and promises to brush after every hearing. Or something like that.
South Dakota’s senators talked about Kagan during their teleconferences with journalists this morning. Unsurprisingly, Democrat Tim Johnson was impressed with Kagan while Republican John Thune was not as much of a fan.
Both said they will wait to announce their votes but Johnson is clearly leaning toward supporting Kagan for the lifetime post while Thune said he strongly suspects she’s a liberal who would take her views to the court with her. In other words, it looks like the nonpartisan Supreme Court is, once again, a polticial playground.
Should she be elevated to the high court? Should Republicans filibuster to block the appointment? Who’s the next justice to announce their retirement?
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