And the Winner Is…Elena Kagan
Ok, not exactly Secretary Clinton or foreign policy related but being the liberal political junkie that I am, I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts or reaction to Obama’s selection of Elena Kagan to the SCOTUS?
From the NYT:
…After a monthlong search, Mr. Obama informed Ms. Kagan and his advisers on Sunday of his choice to succeed the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. He plans to announce the nomination at 10 a.m. Monday in the East Room of the White House with Ms. Kagan by his side, said the Democrats, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the decision before it was formally made public.
In settling on Ms. Kagan, the president chose a well-regarded 50-year-old lawyer who served as a staff member in all three branches of government and was the first woman to be dean of Harvard Law School. If confirmed, she would be the youngest member and the third woman on the current court, but the first justice in nearly four decades without any prior judicial experience.
That lack of time on the bench may both help and hurt her confirmation prospects, allowing critics to question whether she is truly qualified while denying them a lengthy judicial paper trail filled with ammunition for attacks. As solicitor general, Ms. Kagan has represented the government before the Supreme Court for the past year, but her own views are to a large extent a matter of supposition…
I’ll admit, as time has worn on I’ve become a big Elizabeth Warren fan (of Harvard Law and the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel) but I knew there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of him picking someone like Warren, who is a true advocate of the middle class (and also a brilliant legal mind). Don’t get me wrong, Kagan is brilliant too, but she’s not what I had in mind as a replacement for Warren Court scion John Paul Stevens.