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So the blabberfest that constitutes a Supreme Court confirmation hearing begins today, as Solicitor General Elena Kagan takes the hotseat.

I don't think they have all that much to work with:

Republicans — who have not ruled out a filibuster — will seek to define Kagan through her liberal associations to paint her as an activist who would write new laws from the bench.

“You have to ask who she admires, who she identifies with, who she supports, who she worked for,’’ said Sessions.

Oh I know I know -- Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright, and of course Mickey Dolenz?

There's also this:
Judiciary Committee member Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) wrote in a column Sunday evening that "it is reasonable to worry that [Elana] Kagan is a judicial activist simply because President Obama nominated her."
As Steve Benen points out, this logic is refreshingly circular.

Sigh, it's going to be a long day.

To make things easier, I have condensed today's hearing into a word cloud, using the entirety of Senator Cornyn's USA Today column.



  1. Is it Friday yet?

  2. Elena Kagan: Aharon Barak my judicial hero

    Statement made by Obama's Supreme Court candidate in favor of retired Israeli justice draws criticism from Republicans, conservatives. Judge Barak 'may be worst judge on planet,' says critic

    Published: 06.25.10, 12:33 / Israel News

    The New York Times reported Friday morning that Republican and conservative elements have been trying to hurt the chances of US President Barack's Obama's candidate for the Supreme Court, using a statement she made four years ago in favor of retired Israeli Supreme Court President Aharon Barak.

    According to the report, in 2006, during her term as dean of Harvard Law School, Elena Kagan introduced Judge Barak during an award ceremony as “my judicial hero.” She added, “He is the judge or justice in my lifetime whom, I think, best represents and has best advanced the values of democracy and human rights, of the rule of law and of justice.”

    The White House explained that Kagan was simply welcoming back a former student; Judge Barak studied at Harvard in the 1960s. But Kagan’s opponents have rolled out Judge Barak — “the other Barack,” as some call him in reference to President Obama — as Exhibit A in the case against her.

    Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday called Kagan’s introduction “very troubling” and suggested it “might provide real insight into her approach to the law.”

    On Wednesday, Judge Robert Bork, whose own Supreme Court nomination in 1987 resulted in a Senate vote against confirmation, said Judge Barak “may be the worst judge on the planet, the most activist,” and argued that Kagan’s admiration for him is “disqualifying in and of itself.”

  3. Let us not forget the Senator who voted against Justice Roberts' confirmation, notwithstanding the fact that he believed Roberts to be eminently qualified: http://obamaspeeches.com/031-Confirmation-of-Judge-John-Roberts-Obama-Speech.htm

    What comes around, indeed goes around.

  4. 10:47@ no one takes introductions literally. The only negative comment about the former Chief Justice in the article comes from Bork of all people

  5. "What comes around, indeed goes around."

    Yes, lovely how our political and legal system is reduced to a sophomoric chant, even as we (meaning the chattering class) engage in the absurd discussion that this right of center pragmatist (Kagen) is all part of a socialist plot to replace white people with communist/marxist Ghanaian soccer studs.

    Get me my Soma.

  6. With all due respect Fugg Kagan and check this ish out....


  7. 321 on a Monday. In ct all day.

    Calling the Shumie. Cracking open five or more cold ones all night long.


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