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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-09-10 11:45 PM
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Elena Kagan, no clear liberal record but a long history of associations with Democrats and Liberals
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Solicitor General Elena Kagan behind a portrait of Thurgood Marshall


While not necessarily an indicator of liberalism and not uniformly liberal themselves, she has been around a lot of Democrats and liberal jurists:

  • clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall who called her 'Shorty'
  • clerked for Abner Mikva (a close Obama mentor, former Dem U.S. Rep, and federal judge who himself clerked FDR SCOTUS appointee Sherman Minton)
  • worked for Michael Dukakis 1988 presidential campaign
  • worked in the Clinton administration and was nominated by Clinton to serve on the D.C. Circuit of Appeals

  • She has also donated 12k since the 2000, all to Democratic candidates.

    If she is simply a product of her environment she will at least lean toward liberalism. I would like to see others sent up more but what are the odds Kagan will be Right of center? Pretty much zero according to any reasonable application of social learning theory.

    Plus she is young and would almost certainly be confirmed. And there is no rule about having only two women on the High Court!


    Primary source
    http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Elena_Kagan
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    TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-09-10 11:53 PM
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    1. She Has Never Been A Judge, So She Has No Liberal Opinions
    Heck, Bill Clinton tried to nominate her to the bench, and she was kept in limbo by Republicans.
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    usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 12:18 AM
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    3. likely to avoid the result we are discussing
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    usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 12:04 AM
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    2. Her Republican Yeah votes from her Solicitor General confirmation:
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Gregg (R-NH)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Kyl (R-AZ)
    Lugar (R-IN)
    Snowe (R-ME)

    http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00107#position
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    adigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 12:18 AM
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    4. No - I don't trust her
    Bush gave us Roberts and Alito, both of whom are sociopaths. And the idiot Dems, including my fool Senator, Schumer, allowed a vote on.

    The least Obama should give us are some liberals to discuss.
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    usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 12:19 AM
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    5. Like this one?
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    StevieM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 12:27 AM
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    6. I think she'll get 7 GOP votes, like Sotomayor did. The Republicans will find fault with any nominee
    who isn't a member of the Federalist Society.

    Steve
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