Elena Kagan To Be Nominated To Supreme Court—History Of Court More Interesting Than Tedious Confirmation Process
President Obama has named Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be his Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
Here is a CNN profile of Ms. Kagan. The CNN story is text rather than a video.
Is Ms. Kagan a liberal? Her record suggests she might be a liberal on some social issues. Ms. Kagan is opposed to the ”Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that discriminates against gay folks who want to join the military.
Is she a liberal on economic issues that might come before the court? Nobody knows. And since you can hardly get even a Democrat anymore to take aggressively liberal stands on economic questions, I bet we won’t hear much from Ms. Kagan on questions of the regulation of business and the rights of workers.
Some of my friends on the left have expressed concerned that Ms. Kagan is not so liberal.
In any case, Supreme Court confirmation battles are tedium defined.
Ms. Kagan will go around and meet Senators at their offices. There will be some hearings. Ms. Kagan will give evasive replies to stupid questions. There will be a long-winded debate on the floor of the Senate.
On the other hand, the history of the Supreme Court is interesting and will teach you something. Below are some links to learn about the history of the Supreme Court and the people who have served on the Court.
Instead of wasting your time with hearings that are likely to make you sleepy, read and learn about the living history of our nation.
All people are capable of understanding interesting and complex things. People just have to decide if they will take the time and make the effort to learn these things.
Here are the links:
The Oxford Companion To The Supreme Court is a useful reference. This book has brief but useful biographies of each Justice who has served on the court, and has accounts of many cases that have been decided over the years.