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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    From the source that Aps linked above:

    Won praise -- from both liberals and conservatives -- during her tenure as dean of Harvard Law. Hired some of the best law professors in the country, including Obama friend (and administration official) Cass Sunstein of the University of Chicago.

    *** But some liberals believe that Kagan, if nominated, would move the Supreme Court to the right. They argue that she -- a la Harriet Miers -- has a tiny paper trail, and so they believe it's inconclusive if she's as liberal as other possible Obama picks. Liberal critics also cite Kagan's past statements that suggest she believes in strong executive-branch powers.

    ***While at Harvard, received a standing ovation from the conservative Federalist Society. "I sort of looked out at them, and I said, 'You are not my people, and everyone laughed. And then I said, 'But I love the Federalist Society, and I think that that's when I got a standing ovation." (NPR interview, 12/22/09)
    She sounds interesting. I don't know if I support her as a pick or not. I'm in favor of having a more centrist court, for sure.

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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    So who is the leftist you'd pick?
    I was hoping he would pick Pam Karlan (Stanford University Law Professor).

    She was a contender, although considered a long shot because she is "too liberal"
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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Today it was made official that Obama has picked Kagan. Honestly I am strongly appalled with his pick.

    Kagan is an open socialist and has zero judiciary experience. Obama has clearly demonstrated that he is incompetent and unfit to make wise decisions. Seriously, he has nominated a judge who has no judicial experience and has advocated for socialism.
    I don't think I would jump to conclusions as to her being a socialist. During her tenure at Harvard she would hire right wing professors like Jack Goldsmith.

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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    I don't think I would jump to conclusions as to her being a socialist. During her tenure at Harvard she would hire right wing professors like Jack Goldsmith.

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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    Personally I think the attacks from the left and the right are misplaced; Elena Kagan is a brilliant and extremely well qualified nominee.

    Excerpted from “The liberal case against Kagan is overstated; President Obama's Supreme Court pick is mainly guilty of muting her progressive ideals in the service of ambition” By James Doty, Salon, Monday, May 10, 2010 00:20 ET
    Over the past several weeks, a chorus of progressive voices has portrayed Elena Kagan -- whom President Obama is expected to nominate for the Supreme Court on Monday -- as an intellectual cipher. She may be smart, they argue, but she has provided few clues about her thoughts on any major legal issues and even fewer about her judicial philosophy. Even worse, her critics claim, what we do know about Kagan’s beliefs suggests that she is sympathetic to Bush-style arguments on executive power and thus, on at least one major issue, threatens to move the court significantly to the right.

    These criticisms are, at the very least, dramatically overstated. A review of Kagan’s professional record and writings suggests that she would fit comfortably on the left-hand side of the judicial spectrum.

    To begin with, Kagan’s professional biography reveals that she has spent the last several decades working closely with some of the country’s best known left and center-left figures. After graduating from Princeton, where she wrote an article hoping that a “more leftist left” would emerge in American politics, Kagan enrolled at Harvard Law School, where she served as a research assistant for the famed liberal law professor Larry Tribe. After her graduation from Harvard, she clerked first for Abner Mikva, a legendary figure of the American political and judicial left (and an Obama advisor). She next clerked for Thurgood Marshall, another liberal icon, whom Kagan has called her legal hero and the greatest lawyer of the 20th Century. …
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    Some Links on Elena Kagan:

    Articles:
    “A Climb Marked by Confidence and Canniness” (The New York Times)

    Biography:
    AllGov.com
    Harvard Law School
    The Wall Street Journal

    Public Financial Disclosures:
    The Washington Post
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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    Oh well, that's it....If Media Matters says she's the shiz-nit, then by all means, let's just skip straight to the swearing in.....


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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    The one thing about Media Matters is they always meticulously document their case which in this climate of outrageous, unsupported charge-counter-charge, is much appreciated.
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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    The one thing about Media Matters is they always meticulously document their case which in this climate of outrageous, unsupported charge-counter-charge, is much appreciated.

    Oh please! They are hyper-partisan hacks that routinely pull out of context, and smear.


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    Re: AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    Wouldn't it be funny if Obama picked her just to make the conservatives head'd explode!

    Like Bush did to the lefties with Meyers...

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