Republicans Struggling To Find Ways To Attack Elena Kagan As Hearings Set To Begin
Republicans haven’t had much luck trying to put a crimp into the smooth sailing of the Elena Kagan nomination to the Supreme Court. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying.
Republicans have tried to make an issue of her years as law dean at Harvard and her lack of judicial experience. And in recent days, conservatives have seized on a new, albeit arcane, objection: Kagan’s praise for a former president of the Israeli Supreme Court known for his activist approach to the law.
Republicans, privately frustrated, acknowledge that they have searched without luck for a controversy to pin on Kagan, Obama’s solicitor general, since she was nominated in early May. “There’s been so little oxygen for this,” said one senior Republican aide.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped them for planning attacks.
“I think her nomination has real problems that need to be examined,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the ranking Republican on the committee, said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I believe she’s entitled to a fair hearing and a chance to respond, but this nominee has a very thin record legally — never tried a case, never argued before a jury, only had her first appearance in the appellate courts a year ago. She just is not the kind of nominee you would normally expect to have.”
Some Republicans haven’t ruled out a filibuster. However, it seems clear that the only reason there is any objection to Kagan by conservatives at this point is because they believe she isn’t one of them.Click here for reuse options!
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