Archive for Monday, May 10, 2010

Obama picks Kagan for high court nomination

May 10, 2010


— President Barack Obama plans to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the 112th justice of the Supreme Court, a source said late Sunday night.

Kagan, 50, the former dean of Harvard Law School, would become the fourth woman to serve on the high court; if she is confirmed, the nine-member court will have three female justices for the first time.

The choice was first reported by NBC News.

In replacing Justice John Paul Stevens, Obama would also be breaking with tradition. Every other member of the court is a former federal appeals court judge, and Kagan has never served in the judiciary. The last time a non-judge was appointed was in 1972, when President Richard M. Nixon nominated William Rehnquist and Lewis Powell in the same year.

Kagan is the government’s top appellate lawyer and representative at the Supreme Court. She was confirmed last year by the Senate in a 61 to 31 vote, and was the first woman confirmed to hold the job.

Obama considered a list of about 10 people for the job. He and Vice President Joe Biden interviewed three others, all federal appeals judges: Merrick Garland of the District of Columbia; Diane Wood of Chicago; and Sidney Thomas of Montana, who serves on the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.


BigPrune 7 years, 11 months ago

I wonder if Obama is playing matchmaker for Sotomayor?

independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

I lost my bet, thought he was going to nominate an empathetic animist.

Ralph Reed 7 years, 11 months ago

Reading her resume, she seems like a good choice. The two things standing out for me are these. She was able to draw coallitions and unite the devisive Harvard faculty, and she was previously nominated for a Federal Bench. I hope the GOP doesn't sit on her nomination like they did before.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Wonder how much the pay-to-play was for that?

Mixolydian 7 years, 11 months ago

Anyone else notice that Elena Kagan looks like Mike Myers?

cato_the_elder 7 years, 11 months ago

This announcement hits on the day of a news story that Obama has lost approximately 50% of his support among Jewish voters in America. Always the politician, Bam is trying to kill two birds with one stone. This may, however, prove difficult for him given the fact, as has been often observed, that he has no stones.

Tom Miller 7 years, 11 months ago

My first chuckle of the day! Truly. 2ff! He had some at birth, no doubt, but now they're in a little plastic box in the bottom of HER purse, and occasionally she shows 'em to him...LOL!

esteshawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Oh yeah, Cato, Obama picked her to gain back 10% of the Jewish vote.

BigAl 7 years, 11 months ago

Tom, I agree. Both parties do this and it is all about politics.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 11 months ago

look at all the traitors to America. How many of you discussed her qualifications?

You do not care about her qualifications because you have no honor, morals or values, only sides.

You can not enter a debate honestly, so you re liars, nothing more and have no value or business in a civilized world.

You fail America and dishonor your family names.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 11 months ago

You specifically are a traitor because you continue to advocate over-throwing the US Constitution in Arizona.

I will protect and defend the Constitution for all enemies, foreign and domestic. You are the domestic enemy.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

I (heart) ivalue when he gets all stern & harsh & judgemental.

ferrislives 7 years, 11 months ago

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

Ralph Reed 7 years, 11 months ago

@ivalueamerica. I wouldn't go as far as you did in your post, but I do agree that there are very few comments above on Kegan's record and capabilities.

6 comments against President Obama 2 comments deriding Kegan 1 comment deriding both of the (the atheist comment) 1 attempted sarcastic strike at me

In addition to what I said earlier, she's also the government's top appellate lawyer and representative at the Supreme court, and she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall. Fairly impressive.

N_Trenched 7 years, 11 months ago

Beobagger, have you followed politics long? This has been par for the course within both parties for quite some time.

Jay Keffer 7 years, 11 months ago

Beo is obsessed with the TB term.

At ease, sailor!

Stuart Evans 7 years, 11 months ago

"1 comment deriding both of the (the atheist comment)"

what about the atheist comment? not sure how this derides Obama or Kegan... I really want to know if she is. I'll guarantee that if she is, I'll find her a lot more acceptable for the job.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 11 months ago

The reason they are traitors is because they hate the Constitution and continually advocate that we ignore it or work around it and they even want to try and get appointed extremists who will change it.

I have been taught to protect and defend the Constitution is paramount to maintaining our society, an idea that I fully support.

The traitors do not.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

Unless you're a brown skinned citizen of Mexican heritage in Arizona, then it seems to matter very little indeed.

Jeff Cuttell 7 years, 11 months ago

Great choice! I'm glad to see Obama is sticking to his guns about getting new blood out there to break the chain of the good ole boy network.

Liberty275 7 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully the senate will filibuster this appointment, not because of her qualifications (you don't need any to be a supreme court justice), but merely to show this president that he is a lame duck because of the dirty dealings involved in the health insurance reform. The only word I expect to hear out of a republican's mouth until this president is gone is "NO".

If that makes me a traitor, so be it. I love my America, I don't have to love your's.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 11 months ago

Another hater who would sacrifice the entire country just to see Obama fail.

Liberty275 7 years, 11 months ago

If his policies fail, the country will be better for it. His personal failure is just a side effect of his bad policy decisions.

But there is a seed of truth in what you say. I would sacrifice a country falling into socialism. The failure of of the leader would be a result, but not the goal.

Yes, I hate the lazy, lowest common denominator philosophy of socialism that much. America deserves better.

citizen0123 7 years, 11 months ago


beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Funny. Only word I expect to come out of a Republican's mouth is also "no."

They are the party of "NO," after all.

Oh, and L-275, if you only love America when your party is in charge, then not only do you not love America, but you downright despise what makes America great. However, you already know how pathetic you are, don't you.

esteshawk 7 years, 11 months ago

The "dirty dealings" were not the President's doing, but the Repulican parties. If they had played nice instead of "hell no you can't" then perhaps some of their ideas - not the lobyists they represent - would have been acceptable.

And you can make all the comments about "your" america vs "other's" america, but that doesn't change the fact that White Christian America is in the past, and there ain't no going back. Look at the demographics, and then crawl back into your narrow dead ideology.

ralphralph 7 years, 11 months ago

More Diversity: Another Harvard Lawyer who couldn't find Middle America without a magic GPS.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

Instead she's been a legal scholar at the nation's top law school and the nation's Solicitor at the Supreme Court. How unqualified she must be.

Jay Keffer 7 years, 11 months ago

Beo is obsessed with the TB term.

At ease, sailor!

georgiahawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Lets see, if she does not have the experience then she is not qualified and Obama is filling the vacancies with 'first timers', a political sin. Yet these same tea bagger supporters are always complaining about the insiders that are destroying America. Can't have it both ways boys!

BigAl 7 years, 11 months ago

georgiahawk, good point. I wondered about that one myself. And I don't have any idea if Kagan is qualified or not. Neither do the posters on this message board but that won't stop 'em....

BigAl 7 years, 11 months ago

"lamestream" media. Any media that doesn't hammer on President Obama every day, all day long.

jafs 7 years, 11 months ago


My memory of the Bush years is that until almost the very end of his presidency, there was virtually no criticism of him or his policies by the mainstream media.

beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Tom, once again arrives with his whine to excuse all of his repugnant behaviour: "But, but ... Bush!"

Alyosha 7 years, 11 months ago

Apparently many Americans are unaware that 44 of the 111 SC Justices we've had -- 40% --were appointed without prior judicial experience. The hysteria about a SC Justice having no prior judicial experience is misplaced. It's happened many times before, and some of our most well respected SC Justices had no prior judicial experience before being appointed to the Court.

So, the Kagan nomination, and likely appointment, is in line with longstanding, bipartisan American Supreme Court history and tradition.

The hysteria about this issue is so far outside the norms of American Supreme Court history as to be positively alien.

zbarf 7 years, 11 months ago

AG...I'll help Tom out...he is correct and you should probably may not like fox news but it blows all the other news org away combined day after day.

zbarf 7 years, 11 months ago

finally, an admission that all the other MSM is left leaning. But actually a good point that I had not considered. I still think that fox beats them all combined.

beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

"White, Christian, middle-class, traditional Americans"

Nice big umbrella you got there tom. And people who aren't white obviously must not be "traditional." Yep, gotta look at the color. How sad.

The President is Near!

esteshawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Recent imposions for Dems? Let's see if I understand the current Republican strategy, Shewman (rhymes with Newman): "Can't win an election because too far right for those in the middle to support. So let's move even further to the right so no-one electable comes out of the primary. Lose the election. Complain that the country is socialist. Rinse, repeat." Come on now - even right-wing Kansas can't elect a Replican guv'ner. Dems must be shaking in their boots.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 11 months ago

Kagan was nominated because she's very likely a moderate, just like Obama. But mostly because she has little to no paper trail over which the wackosphere can whine about the stain of "liberalness."

Given that for Republicans being the loyal opposition has come to mean opposing anything and everything Obama does, I expect this to be a bumpy confirmation process, nonetheless.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

"just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (anonymous) says… Kagan was nominated because she's very likely a moderate, just like Obama." Bozo, that says a whale of a lot about your world view. {snort}

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 11 months ago

That you can't (or won't) recognize that fact says much more about yours.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Another entry for the "bozo's limp retorts" file.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 11 months ago

It wasn't a retort.

You apparently don't think in terms of actual policy positions taken, but rather who's on your team, and who's not.

Everybody who's not on your team is a left-wing commie pinko, regardless of what they actually do or say. That clearly includes Obama, who so far has positioned himself dead center on nearly every issue.

Jeff Cuttell 7 years, 11 months ago

We can only hope that this isn't the last nominee Obama gets for SCJ in his eight years as President. America needs to have all their ducks in a row while the Republicans are reeling, have no real leader, and are busy being haters.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 11 months ago

"...but the first justice in nearly four decades without any prior judicial experience."

So sad to see a "conservative" poster running down Dick Nixon.

BigAl 7 years, 11 months ago

Tom, it is sad that you are serious about this. The main stream media isn't the one following Palin around, it is FOX. FOX, as you know, even went so far as to hire her. She's on the payroll!!!! They prop her up every day on every one of their shows. Fair and balanced? hardly.

Thank God for the main stream media. You don't see such partisans as Palin, Rove, Hannity, etc on the main stream media payroll.

Seth Peterson 7 years, 11 months ago

I wouldn't point this out to him - Tom projects. He is obsessed with Palin and everything he enjoys is fascinated with her as well, therefore everyone else must be as well.

Logic and reality don't take place in his world.

esteshawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Shewman rhymes with Newman - maybe that's because Palin became a millionaire by parroting "Drill Baby Drill" ad nauseum.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

Who'll have the last laugh Tom?

By your own contention the leftist media controls much of the mainstream news. Demographics dictate that whites will be a minority and blacks, latinos and asians together will outnumber whites in the very near future. Each of those demographics vote consistently Democratic. Face it, this black President is just the beginning of your nightmare.

3crookedhearts 7 years, 11 months ago

Nearly 40% of the judges that have served on the Supreme Court had no judicial experience, and many of the best-known judges fit that model. William Howard Taft, John Marshall, Earl Warren, as well as another highly qualified Jew with ties to Harvard, Louis Brandeis. She is certainly more qualified than Clarence Thomas was (and she didn't put pubic hair on a staffer's Coca-Cola).

Seth Peterson 7 years, 11 months ago

You forgot middle-aged, midwest and wealthy.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Where's Mr. Chuckles? I'd have expected him to be on this thread like a duck on a June bu....

beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Tom, Snap and that barry guy represent conservative values. They must. I don't ever see any of the conservatives around here calling them on their anti-American, party-first, racist rants, just us "radical" liberals.

This is why the Republicans won't get anywhere near the bounce tom believes they will come No-vember, and certainly why Obama will easily win reelection in 2012.

The President is Near!

esteshawk 7 years, 11 months ago

If the Republican primaries keep going to the hard right, the Democrats might actually increase their hold on Congress in November, and not suffer the traditional drop. If Kansas can't elect a Republican guv'ner because the "winner" of the primaries is too right, then the rest of the country probably won't either.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

We'll check back after the mid-terms & see how that plays out.....

Jay Keffer 7 years, 11 months ago

"The President is Near!"

Why the racist reference?

Jim Williamson 7 years, 11 months ago

Wait a second -- Tom Keegan's being nominated for the Supreme Court?

esteshawk 7 years, 11 months ago

Shewmon rhymes with Newman - Look at what the right-winging of the Repulican party has done to Kansas. Can't even get a repulican governor is one of the most conservative states. That there is what's know as "empircal evidence" and not ideological purity.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Kagan loves her some White people. “…Guy-Uriel Charles, founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics, has heavily scrutinized Kagan's hiring record as head of Harvard Law School. In a scathing blog post, he has said that of the 29 positions Kagan had a chance to fill, 28 were white and one was Asian-American. And of the group, only six were women -- five white and one Asian-American. These numbers on the surface are appalling, and would be ripped to shreds by those who value diversity, but my gut tells me that even though Kagan has been tapped by Obama, the normally vocal and persistent voices in this area will be tight-lipped and quiet, unwilling to oppose or heavily criticize the nomination of a woman to the court, and especially one made by an African-American Democratic president….”

Ralph Reed 7 years, 11 months ago

@Tom: re, your 1600.

Please explain to all, without sarcasm, just how your comment pertains to the article. It appears that you've successfully hijacked another discussion.

ConcernedCynic 7 years, 11 months ago

I'll say it again - WHY ARE YOU RESPONDING TO TOMS, LG40, BERRYPENDERS, ETC. YOU ARE JUST LEGITIMIZING THEM. PLEASE, PLEASE JUST IGNORE THEM. Then we can have a healthy debate instead of a stupid one.

jaywalker 7 years, 11 months ago

Don't know much about her as yet, but the judicial experience issue probably shouldn't be much of an argument. First of all, check me if I'm wrong, but a person doesn't even have to be a lawyer to sit on the SCOTUS. Not only that, but I know it's not the first time someone with no bench experience has sat; I believe Rehnquist was the last such.
There'll be squawking; there always is regardless.

independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

She would be the third Jewish justice along with six Catholics. With Stevens' retirement, the court will have no Protestants, the most prevalent denomination in the United States.

Some major U.S. religious groups which have never been represented on the U.S. Supreme Court: Pentecostals (2.1%), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Mormons (2%), Muslims (1.5%), GLBT (1.5%), Buddhists (0.5% to 0.8%), Jehovah's Witnesses (0.6%), Mennonites (0.6%), Eastern Orthodox (approx. 0.5%). Others - Wicka, Moonie, Scientologist, Athiest, Santa Ria, Resurrection of the Saint, Church of Perfect Liberty, Tienti Teachings, Baha'i,

Any conspriacy theorists skulking about?

pfunk81 7 years, 11 months ago

I've wondered myself when the snakehandlers are gonna get their fair say in it all.

Mike Ford 7 years, 11 months ago

I love how dumblicans speak of a lack of experience with the SCJ appointments. Anyone remember Harriet Miers?

Furthermore, clowns like Penders and Shewmon with their Posercare garbage are the perfect LED's. Loud with their name calling, emotional with their Obama hating, and dimwits overall. They are LEDs, have a nice night.

independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

Mandeans, PL Kyodan, Ch'ondogyo, Vodoun, New Age, Seicho-No-Ie, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, Taoism, Roma, Native American Church, Davy Crockett Church, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Taoism, Sikhism, Rastafarian, Druidism, Asatru, neo-Native American, Mandeans, Kyodan, Ch'ondogyo, Vodoun, Confucianism, Cowboy Church

independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

Every man’s religion is good. There is none of it bad. We are all trying to arrive at the same place according to our own conscience and teachings. It don’t matter which road you take. (Will Rogers)

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 11 months ago

Unless something comes out that we don't know about, it looks like Obama made a great choice.

I hope she is used to people calling her "Shorty".

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

Competence over and over again from this adminstration. Must be why the right wingers are so hysterical.

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