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bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 03:44 AM
And so we probably ought to have a thread, don't you think?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/Kaganinherownwords.png/280px-Kaganinherownwords.png (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kaganinherownwords.png)
Excellent idea!
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[Added] Here's a more or less straight-news introduction/quick refresher (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/28/kagan-break-silence-marathon-vetting-begins/), if you're feeling a bit behind.

[Added2] Here's a good editorial from the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/opinion/28mon1.html) pointing out some of the potential problem areas. Here are some questions George Will (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/27/AR2010062703256.html) hopes she will be asked.

[Added3] Here is her Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Kagan), her WhoRunsGov page (http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Elena_Kagan), the NYT's Kagan topic page (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/k/kagan_elena/index.html?8qa&scp=1-spot&sq=Elena+Kagan&st=nyt), the WSJ's Kagan topic page (http://topics.wsj.com/person/K/elena-kagan/6097?mod=quicklinks_ElenaKagan), the WaPo's Kagan topic page (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/package/supremecourt/2010candidates/elena-kagan.html), and Fox News's Kagan topic page (http://www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/obama-administration/elena-kagan.htm).

bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 03:46 AM
... has been on display for some time now. Here's a little something posted last week (http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/23/kagan-turban/):

Washington Times Features Doctored Photo Of Kagan In A Turban To Claim She’s Subservient To Shariah Law

Six days ago, after Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) absurdly tried to link Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to “oppressive tenets of Shari’a-type law,” The Wonk Room’s Matt Duss jokingly predicted (http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/06/17/sessions-takes-the-low-road-against-kagan/) that anti-Islamic bigot Frank Gaffney would “claim[] that Elena Kagan ‘may still be a Muslim (http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/06/09/gaffney-the-president-may-actually-be-a-muslim/).’” Sadly, Duss’ prediction largely came true (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pathetic-desperation-anti-kagan-campaign) this week. In a Washington Times op-ed (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/21/courting-shariah/?page=1) run alongside a doctored photo of Kagan in a turban (pictured to the right), Gaffney ropes Kagan into a bizarre fantasy involving Shariah law, the Muslim Brotherhood (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Brotherhood), and, somehow, the beleaguered Troubled Assets Relief Progam:

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Drawing Glenn Beck-like conspiratorial connections between Obama’s judicial nominees and plots to destroy America appears to be a conservative hobby. Both the Washington Times and Sean Hannity called district court nominee (http://mediamatters.org/research/200910280040) Judge Edward Chen “another Obama nominee who doesn’t appear to love America” because Chen correctly worried that the 9/11 attacks would harm race relations and religious tolerance in the United States. During the confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a right-wing organization with close ties to Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) (http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/15/hatch-committee-for-justice/) launched an ad claiming that Sotomayor “led a group supporting violent Puerto Rican terrorists (http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/14/sotomayor-cfj/).”

Media Matters has a scan of the print edition, in which the doctoring of the photo is not noted. (http://mediamatters.org/blog/201006230017) The online edition still has the picture, and it has a caption labeling it an illustration. It is not clear when the caption was added. The title of the op-ed, at least online, is "Courting Sharia" and the subtitle is "Kagan supported Islam at Harvard but not the U.S. military."

bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 01:38 PM
Wonkette is liveblogging (http://wonkette.com/416329/liveblogging-the-elena-kagan-confirmation-hearings) the opening day.

bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 01:40 PM
... on C-Span's site (http://www.c-span.org/Special/Supreme-Court-Kagan-Senate-Confirmation-Hearing.aspx).

bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 02:37 PM
Adam Serwer (http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/adam_serwer_archive?month=06&year=2010&base_name=toilet_training_watch):

Toilet Training Watch

Dave Weigel resigned from Washington Post after saying (http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=06&year=2010&base_name=on_weigel) mean things about some Republicans in private, but writing (http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=05&year=2010&base_name=ed_whelans_weak_sauce) blog posts comparing Solicitor General Elena Kagan to a prostitute is the kind of thing that gets you invited (http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/06/25/kagan-witnesses-announced/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20timeblogs/real_clear_politics%20%28TIME:%20Real%20Clear%20Po litics%29) by Republicans to testify at her Senate confirmation hearing.

Also, you should take a moment and read (http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=a_guide_to_the_kagan_smears) my preview piece on Kagan's confirmation hearings, which start today.

(The title of that piece is "A Guide To the Kagan Smears (http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=a_guide_to_the_kagan_smears).")

Wonderment
06-28-2010, 02:49 PM
Despite all the speculation to the contrary, I expect Kagan to be a solidly liberal judge. She may be in Obama's pocket on expansion of the executive in "wartime" (forever), but on most issues she will loyally and intelligently vote with the Ginsburg-Sotomayor-Breyer.

The problem is, as illustrated in today's lethal (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/us/29scotus.html?hp) 5-4 gun rights decision is that Obama will in all likelihood not achieve anything more than replacing libs with libs. Souter went and he got Sotomayor. Stevens goes, and he gets Kagan.

Alito, Thomas, Roberts, Scalia and Kennedy may all still be there when Obama's presidency ends.

AemJeff
06-28-2010, 03:24 PM
Despite all the speculation to the contrary, I expect Kagan to be a solidly liberal judge. She may be in Obama's pocket on expansion of the executive in "wartime" (forever), but on most issues she will loyally and intelligently vote with the Ginsburg-Sotomayor-Breyer.

The problem is, as illustrated in today's lethal (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/us/29scotus.html?hp) 5-4 gun rights decision is that Obama will in all likelihood not achieve anything more than replacing libs with libs. Souter went and he got Sotomayor. Stevens goes, and he gets

The point is holding back the tide. If changing the current balance of the court is impossible right now, is that a reason to give up and make it easier for a Republican successor to make matters worse?

Wonderment
06-28-2010, 05:59 PM
If changing the current balance of the court is impossible right now, is that a reason to give up and make it easier for a Republican successor to make matters worse?

No, of course not. Obama must replace the libs with libs.

All I'm saying is that the conservative majority will not be affected until one of the 4 right-wingers and 1 swinger leave the court. That is not very likely to happen in O's administration even if he wins a second term. For the Court the most important election is probably not until 2016.

TwinSwords
06-28-2010, 06:06 PM
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse:

— Opening remarks at Kagan hearing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIqco1JlaP8&playnext_from=TL&videos=JDpVjKCHxNc)

bjkeefe
07-01-2010, 04:00 AM
Says Josh Fruhlinger. Here's why (http://wonkette.com/416374/416374).

Grown-ups in charge!

bjkeefe
07-01-2010, 04:10 AM
Says Josh Fruhlinger. Here's why (http://wonkette.com/416374/416374).

Grown-ups in charge!

On a related note, here is why Al Franken is my favorite Senator, part 9037 (and not just because he is not a lispy racist, like some we could name (or link (http://wonkette.com/416347/vile-racist-scumbag-jeff-sessions-its-his-day-to-shine) to!)):

Sen. Al Franken Naps, Draws Cartoons During Kagan Hearings

headlines the outraged Fox "news" headline writer person!

And:

Sen. Franken's office did not return calls or e-mails seeking comment.

concludes the snippy Fox "news" article writer person!

(Start here (http://wonkette.com/416369/how-did-al-franken-become-americas-artist-senator).)

bjkeefe
07-02-2010, 11:11 PM
And maybe now they are over? Did you miss them? Here is your Josh Fruhlingher (http://wonkette.com/416431/wonkette-to-accept-chinese-buyout-become-peoples-glorious-political-ass-fucking-humor-blog)'s summary report, with bonus link to a Very Serious Non-Dave-Weigel-Employing newspaper!

Oh, Elena Kagan confirmation hearings, you finished before you could even really get started! Where were your memorable moments, your lunatic grandstanding, your insights into softball strategy? All we have is some outraged testimony from some military guys saying that at Harvard Law Kagan made them “use the back door by the garbage” (i.e., by the gays). Looks like she’ll be confirmed, but with not many Republican votes, and maybe not with Specter’s vote either, since he thought her answers were “pure prepared pabulum” and not substantive like hearings used to be back in the day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfvDcMzyAlY). [WP (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/01/AR2010070106498.html)]

Extra secret bonus: Note difference between post title at the Fruhlingher link and the URL for that link. This will make harkin and his favorite blogger (http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Agatewaypundit.firstthings.com+fist ing) very sad (happy).

bjkeefe
07-03-2010, 03:13 AM
... from Sherrilyn A. Ifill, from a post titled "Trashing Thurgood Marshall (http://www.theroot.com/views/trashing-thurgood-marshall)," about the Republicans' attempts to inject race into the Kagan hearings:

The invocation of Marshall (35 times by Republicans) was a surprising new low, even for the shameless opportunism of modern confirmation hearings. At first it seemed astonishing as senator after senator -- Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) -- disparaged (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/thurgood-marshall-takes-center-stage-at-kagan-hearings.php) nominee Kagan's "association" with Thurgood Marshall. But the abandonment of the "Marshall as slur" tactic on day 2 suggests that the Republican senators' opening-day sucker punch may have backfired.

There's more along these lines, and it's pretty disturbing stuff.

(h/t: Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_06_27_archive.html#705330888214324165))

bjkeefe
07-07-2010, 02:46 AM
... from Sherrilyn A. Ifill, from a post titled "Trashing Thurgood Marshall (http://www.theroot.com/views/trashing-thurgood-marshall)," about the Republicans' attempts to inject race into the Kagan hearings:

[...]

There's more along these lines, and it's pretty disturbing stuff.

(h/t: Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_06_27_archive.html#705330888214324165))

More on the fallout from this ill-advised Republican strategy: who knew Thurgood Marshall was a saint? No, I mean more than just colloquially, I mean a canonized saint (http://thinkprogress.org/2010/07/03/bishop-marshall/).

If the GOP has lost the Episcopalians, they're really in trouble. Baptist or GTFO!!!1! might be fun to say, but it's no way to break out of their slide into regional party status.

(h/t: Riley Waggaman (http://wonkette.com/416478/episcopal-fundamentalists-declare-jihad-on-us-senate))

bjkeefe
07-21-2010, 03:02 PM
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Recent news (http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/07/21/with_one_gop_vote_kagan_wins_senate_panels_backing/):

With one GOP vote, Kagan wins Senate panel’s backing

WASHINGTON — Splitting largely along party lines, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to recommend former Harvard Law School dean Elena Kagan for the US Supreme Court.

Kagan’s nomination now heads to a vote by the full Senate, which is expected to confirm her in the next several weeks, before its traditional August summer recess.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, joined the committee’s 12 Democrats in the 13-6 vote in favor of the nomination. Graham, the only Republican on the committee last year who supported the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said senators should honor the results of presidential elections and not turn confirmation hearings into political tests. Graham said that he disagreed with Kagan on many political issues but that she handled herself well in two days of testimony before the committee, showing knowledge of the law, confidence, and good humor.

“It was not a hard decision,’’ Graham said of his vote to support her.

“She will serve this nation honorably,’’ he said, “and [she] would not have been someone I would have chosen, but the person who did choose, President Obama, I think chose wisely.’’

Hateway Pundit reacts in his typical understated fashion (via Benjamin Frisch (http://wonkette.com/416819/obamas-hair-is-weak-on-defense-in-comparison)):

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[Added] And via Hateway, Allahpundit hints at why this country's divisiveness and lack of bipartisan pony rides is entirely Obama's fault:

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/4031/allahpundittflipsoutaga.png

chiwhisoxx
07-21-2010, 03:15 PM
No, of course not. Obama must replace the libs with libs.

All I'm saying is that the conservative majority will not be affected until one of the 4 right-wingers and 1 swinger leave the court. That is not very likely to happen in O's administration even if he wins a second term. For the Court the most important election is probably not until 2016.

Ehhhh it isn't likely, but Kennedy and Scalia aren't spring chickens. If Obama is elected in 2012, Kennedy will be 75, and Scalia will be 76. Now, I'm sure pigs will start flying before Scalia retires with Barack Obama in office, but advanced age comes with health concerns, obviously. So I think Kennedy is probably your best shot. He'll in all likelihood get to replace Ginsburg, but it seems unlikely he'll be able to get anyone to the left of her confirmed.

chiwhisoxx
07-22-2010, 01:55 PM
Best thing I've read about Kagan so far:

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/07/elena-kagan-barack-obama-and-the-american-establishment

It's long-ish, but worth it.

bjkeefe
08-05-2010, 06:12 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/Kaganinherownwords.png/280px-Kaganinherownwords.png (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kaganinherownwords.png)

Jim Newell passes along the good news (http://gawker.com/5605691/elena-kagan-is-your-new-supreme-court-justice):

After some snoozy confirmation hearings in which she didn't say anything, Elena Kagan has earned herself a seat on the nation's highest court, the Supreme Court! The final Senate vote was 63-37 (http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/08/05/senate.kagan.nomination/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1). Congratulations to Elena Kagan!

From the AP (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jwmgW8LMATg1xQdsjjQEJNSzZcRQD9HDI2DO0):

A "yes" vote is a vote to confirm the nomination.

Voting yes were 56 Democrats, 5 Republicans and 2 independents.

Voting no were 1 Democrat and 36 Republicans.

Ben Nelson (Nebraska) was the lone Dem "no." The five Rep "yes" votes were from Lugar (Indiana), Collins and Snowe (Maine), Gregg (New Hampshire), and Graham (South Carolina).

Ocean
08-05-2010, 06:35 PM
Jim Newell passes along the good news (http://gawker.com/5605691/elena-kagan-is-your-new-supreme-court-justice):



From the AP (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jwmgW8LMATg1xQdsjjQEJNSzZcRQD9HDI2DO0):



Ben Nelson (Nebraska) was the lone Dem "no." The five Rep "yes" votes were from Lugar (Indiana), Collins and Snowe (Maine), Gregg (New Hampshire), and Graham (South Carolina).

Great! :)

listener
08-06-2010, 01:09 AM
Jim Newell passes along the good news (http://gawker.com/5605691/elena-kagan-is-your-new-supreme-court-justice):



From the AP (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jwmgW8LMATg1xQdsjjQEJNSzZcRQD9HDI2DO0):



Ben Nelson (Nebraska) was the lone Dem "no." The five Rep "yes" votes were from Lugar (Indiana), Collins and Snowe (Maine), Gregg (New Hampshire), and Graham (South Carolina).

That Lindsey Graham... always knew he was a closet Commie.