Can you link me to where I've called her a "radical lefty"? Can you link me to anywhere where I've said that she shouldn't be confirmed?The Roberts court is to the right. Stevens is unanimously considered the most liberal of the Justices. Kagen's writings suggest a pragmatist with slightly left-of-center views.
There is currently only one member of the Court who even has the potential to surprise with his vote and that's Kennedy. If Kagen were replacing Kennedy or Thomas or Scalia, then you could argue about the Court moving to the left. She's not. She's replacing the justice who's already the furthest to the left. Thus, the court will shift slightly to the right of where it presently is: which is already pretty right. I'm not basing that on my political philosophy - I'm basing that on what most Constitutional Scholars believe to be the case.
The non-partisan First Amendment Center likes her. firstamendmentcenter.org: analysis
She was invited by a soldier who attended Harvard Law when she was Dean to pin him at the ceremony inducting him as head of the Massachusetts National Guard. Indeed, even though she abhorred Don't Ask, Don't Tell - she remained compliant with Solomon. Potential Court Pick Faced Dilemma at Harvard - NYTimes.com
She's not a radical lefty at all. She's a pragmatist.
You guys are like Shatner looking out the plane window and seeing the gremlin. You see "radicals" everywhere. It's just become ridiculous. Wolf has been cried too many times for me to really care anymore.
I have no real problem with Kagan and think she'll be absolutely fine on the court. Even if I didn't like her, I would still think that the Senate should approve her in deference to Obama's desire. My objection to your post is simply to point out that I don't think there's anything to support the claim that I hear tossed about so much, which is that Alito and Roberts are "far-right" while the liberal wing of the court is "center-left."