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Do you support President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
47% 537
No
 
39% 446
Not sure
 
12% 139
Total 1122

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Tuesday grew visibly angry when asked by The Daily Caller whether he planned to insist that the White House turn over writings by Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan from her time working in the Clinton White House. “I haven’t even thought about what I’m going to do,” Leahy said at first. When pressed about the importance of mining memos from her four years at the White House to gain insight into her thinking on judicial philosophy and policy matters, Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, became testy. “I’ll tell you what. I think what is important is for you to let me run the hearing and we’ll let you know,” he said. “I think it would be grandstanding on my part to try to tell you what I want to do before I even talk to the nominee,” Leahy added. When questioned a third time, Leahy shot back: “Maybe you ought to chair the hearing,” before turning and walking into an elevator. Kagan worked in the White House counsel’s office from 1995 to 1997 and was deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council from 1997 to 1999. Her memos are housed in Arkansas at the Clinton Library. The White House has said they will not simply hand over Kagan’s writings. In 2005, when President George W. Bush, a Republican, nominated John Roberts to be chief justice, a Republican Judiciary Committee chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter, threatened to subpoena Roberts’s writings from his time at the White House under President Ronald Reagan as well as from his time at the Justice Department. The Bush White House produced the memos.” Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/05/11/judiciary-committee-chairman-leahy-blows-off-questions-about-clinton-era-kagan-memos/#ixzz0nizdusmN

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tbaker 3 years, 11 months ago

Aside from her stupid choices regarding Harvard decision to ban military recruiters from the campus, I don't know enough about her to have an informed opinion yet. How about lets see what comes out in weeks ahead before we decide.

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jackpot 3 years, 11 months ago

We will have 6 Harvard grads, 3 Yale grads on the SCOTUS.

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BorderRuffian 3 years, 11 months ago

This is just another example of Chicago style politics. Forget any previous experience, she's politically correct. Sigh... at least she's better than Hillary.

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HomeSlice 3 years, 11 months ago

She has said that the confirmation process for a SCOTUS justice is 'vapid' and that nominees should not be able to duck questions about their views on controversial issues. Good for her.

First question she should be asked:

"Where in the Constitution does it say that the government can require a citizen to purchase health care?"

We should expect her to answer.

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Mixolydian 3 years, 11 months ago

This question is far too premature. She hasn't been through the confimration process or ABA review.

This would be a decent question in another month or so.

Right now all it could generate are partisan responses from the usual crowd on both sides. See above. Kind of boring. I get it, left or right, we're all either morons or racists. Every last one of them...or us.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

In other news: “Today, I listened again to Elena Kagan’s oral argument in Citizens United v. FEC. I was just trying to get a feeling for the quality of her mind, and I was struck by how badly it went. I dug up a Salon article from a few weeks ago: "On the Supreme Court, not a lot of respect for Elena Kagan: The solicitor general's appearances before the high court have been marked by unusually brusque treatment" by James Doty. He looked to her 5 oral arguments as SG as evidence of "whether Kagan would be an effective liberal on the court," what sort of power she might have over Anthony Kennedy, whose vote tends to determine outcomes as he shifts from the Court's liberal 4 to the conservative 4, and whether she could provide an effective counterweight to the Court's strong conservatives. When [Citizens United] was argued in September 2009, a modest defeat was still well within the realm of possibility, provided that Kagan could secure Kennedy’s vote. But she seemed oddly unconcerned with addressing his qualms. At one point, Kennedy asked Kagan to address a particular issue, which she had labeled "point two" in her opening remarks: Kennedy: In the course of this argument, have you covered point two? ... I would like to know what it is. Kagan: I very much appreciate that, Justice Kennedy. I think I did cover point two. She quickly moved on. Four months later, Kennedy wrote a 5-4 opinion that handed Kagan and the U.S. government a sweeping defeat…” http://althouse.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-good-will-elena-kagan-be-at.html

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oskiejackie 3 years, 11 months ago

"osama bin laden"........ ted kennedy

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 11 months ago

"TomShewmon (Tom Shewmon) says… Again, please allow me to cite some information you may not hear from Brian Williams on the NBC nightly news......... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2..."

Would that be Brian "Friend of Rush" Williams? The guy who calls in to talk to Rush? You are so deranged you think that this conservative is part of the Great Liberal Media.

Maybe if you didn't get all your news from the lying foreigners that own FoxNews and WashTimes, you would have some balance or perspective.

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 11 months ago

I see that the mouth-breathing teabagging reactionaries are out in force.

The truth is that Elena Kagan is a centrist that hired many conservatives at Harvard Law School, and is supportive of the Bush/Obama detention system for accused terrorists.

But reality is never enough for you losers. You are spun and manipulated by GOP operatives until all sense of balance and fairness is lost. You lazy haters are the problem with America, not President Obama or Elena Kagan.

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Danimal 3 years, 11 months ago

I could be completely insane, but there's something that I like about Kagan. She doesn't have any judicial experience, but she was the dean of Havard Law for 6 years. During that time she managed to unite the highly contentious faculty of liberals and conservatives at that institution more effectively than anyone else in recent memory.

At the same time, I don't like that she's another Ivy Leaguer. The recent meltdown of our economy and the total failure of our governmental regulatory systems should show us that we just can't blindly trust people with an Ivy League education like we have in the past. I think that Warren Buffett is right, our next generation of leaders aren't going to be the next generation of legacies from some Ivy League school, but people of more grit and humble roots that went to public schools and universities.

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labmonkey 3 years, 11 months ago

What scares me the most is that she looks like Mike Meyers in a woman suit. I did not know Canadians were allowed on the Supreme Court.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 11 months ago

Funny how those on the far right are vehemently opposed to Kagan because she is Obama's pick.

What they fail to realize, because they don't care about her stance on issues only that Obama picked her, is that she will most likely make the SCOTUS even more conservative than they are now.

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/04/11/lieberman-on-scotus/ http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/04/13/kagan http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/09/AR2010040904016.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

So even though she is apt to side with Scalia, Roberts, and Alito they still don't like her because Obama picked her.

They're their own worst enemy.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 11 months ago

Another person with no real-world experience. Not everyone in America is a Harvard lawyer. How 'bout some diversity that reflects the people of the nation.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

" Do you not think some experience as a JUDGE wouldn't be a reasonable expectation?!" === Not necessarily: See John Marshall, John Jay, Louis Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, William O. Douglas, Byron White and William Rehnquist, the most recent example. She would probably have been on the federal bench, but the R's during the Clinton Administration rarely let anyone go to a hearing. She's a good choice; we'll see how it goes.

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Verdad 3 years, 11 months ago

I am concerned her qualifications for the position are no better than Harriet Miers.

She does not even meet the requirements she stated were necessary for a Supreme Court Justice.

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 11 months ago

Unless something we don't know comes up, I think Obama made another excellent decision.

What a difference it makes to have a very intelligent and educated President who makes good decisions.

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somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

God is helping us Tom he replaced your Bushy with the saviour to the world Barack Hussein Obama ( and he is not white).

"I'm telling you there's an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That's the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009

"I've been in the Bible every day since I've been the president." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Nov. 12, 2008

"Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter." --George W. Bush, in parting words to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at his final G-8 Summit, punching the air and grinning widely as the two leaders looked on in shock, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008

"Amigo! Amigo!" --George W. Bush, calling out to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Spanish at the G-8 Summit, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008

"See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

Be proud of your boy!!!

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Again, please allow me to cite some information you may not hear from Brian Williams on the NBC nightly news.........

"Ms. Kagan certainly brings a number of admirable qualities to the table, yet she is far from the moderate her supporters claim her to be. During her student days at Princeton, for example, she wrote a column expressing the hope that "a new, revitalized, perhaps more leftist left will once again come to the fore." In 1993, she explained that it is a "thing of glory" for the Supreme Court to see its primary mission as "show[ing] a special solicitude for the despised and disadvantaged." She strongly opposed the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which passed the Senate overwhelmingly with the support of liberals like then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat......................................

"While serving in the Clinton White House, Ms. Kagan was hip-deep in deliberations that stopped legal action against eco-terrorists who blocked logging operations in Oregon. Senators have every reason to demand answers regarding Ms. Kagan's precise role in interfering with this law enforcement matter. "

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/11/concerns-about-kagan/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_opinion

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Bladerunner 3 years, 11 months ago

Why dont you change the question to....Do you as a liberal Lawrencian blindly support everything Obama says and does?

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oskiejackie 3 years, 11 months ago

obama has apologized to the world for bush who will apologize to america for obama ??

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

"Do you support President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court?"

Does it matter whether I support it or not?

Until the rogue Obama Regime and one of the most incompetent and corrupt congress' in the history of this nation are stopped, I really don't care.

God help us all.

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bjfisher 3 years, 11 months ago

ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT THE NOMINEE ADHERES TO THE CONSTITUTION. WHICH IN THIS CASE, SHE HAS NOT. IT IS THEIR OBLIGATION TO ENFORCE THE CONSTITUTION, NOTHING ELSE. THEIR PERSONAL OPINIONS ARE OF NO VALUE. THE LEFT DOES NOT APPRECIATE UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE IT IS THEIR DESIRE TO SEE IT DESTROYED. IF YOU COULD TURN BACK TIME, HISTORY PROVES OUR FOREFATHERS WOULD NOT TOLERATE THE LEFT. THEY WOULD DESTROY THE LEFT. ELIMINATE IT. AFTER ALL, WHY ALLOW A PARTY TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR GOVERNMENT THAT HAS NO OTHER OBJECTIVE THAN TO SEE OUR GOVERNMENTS DEFEAT. I AGREE WITH OUR FOREFATHERS WHOLLY..........NO MORE DEBATE, ELIMINATE!!!

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avoice 3 years, 11 months ago

One of the mindsets this country needs to get over if we're going to be globally competitive is this notion that theorizing is equal to doing. Here is a person who has no experience on the bench. She has never been a judge, hence has never put her theories to real-world practice. Now we're going to say that's okay because she has spent years teaching other people how to be judges. Coaching is NOT the same as playing. Coaches and teachers and law school deans have a different career path than players and CEOs and Supreme Court judges. Her career path has not appropriately prepared her to be the best person to fill this role. Experience counts. This is a well-proven fact, whether we like to believe it or not.

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Defender 3 years, 11 months ago

"But then again I don't support anything obama does so the judge thing was a foregone conclusion."

This is the kind of ignorant, backwards thinking partisanship that is destroying this country. You should be proud of your efforts to destroy America, reeeeeaaaaaalllllll proud.

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75x55 3 years, 11 months ago

So, why the predominance of Columbia University and Goldman Sachs connections with every government official for the past godonlyknowshowmanyyears?

I guess communists like money too :-)

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Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

I vote no. But then again I don't support anything obama does so the judge thing was a foregone conclusion.

It's too bad. I was kind of warming up to him until all the chicanery and fraud behind his health insurance mandate program,

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stuckinthemiddle 3 years, 11 months ago

the majority of supreme court justices have had no prior experience as judges... and over a dozen of those justices without experience as judges became chief justices...

it has been about 40 years since a non-judge has been appointed... maybe not such a bad idea to move away from that... and get back to the more diverse backgrounds...

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oskiejackie 3 years, 11 months ago

everything obama stinks its a B.O. thing

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

Have any other judges sitting on the bench proved that experience as a judge has been benefit to the USA?

How does that help when judges exercise their political views from the bench?

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OonlyBonly 3 years, 11 months ago

"by nominating a woman" and other comments to which I reply, "a woman who has NEVER sat as a JUDGE." This is the Supreme Court for pete's sake! Do you not think some experience as a JUDGE wouldn't be a reasonable expectation?!

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georgiahawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Just another example of a black president eroding the white mans influence in America by nominating a woman. When will the left learn that their bread is buttered by the right? When will minorities and women accept the manifest destiny of white males to rule over all others? Must us white men have to completely destroy the world before we can rule with unquestioned authority? Oh, woe is me! But, I guess this beats an alien invasion from Mars, or is it Venus?

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Randall Barnes 3 years, 11 months ago

one man one woman that's all i'm going to say.

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KU_cynic 3 years, 11 months ago

Elections have consequences. I support justices like Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and Scalia, but since Mr. Obama won the presidency and his party controls the US Senate, Ms. Kagan will be the new justice. I hope the next justice is appointed by a Republican president, but that race has yet to be run.

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Pilgrim2 3 years, 11 months ago

A committed anti-military zealot who got her butt kicked 9-0 when she took that view to the Supreme Court. And now she's expected to sit there and rule objectively? Jeez, I haven't been this amused by the looney left in a long time. What idiots!

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Another entry from ival in the "limp retort derby".

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully not the BLATANT racist his last nominee is!!

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