More on Kagan….

While many people know the general career path of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, Tom Goldstein at SCOTUSblog.com has written an in-depth profile of Kagan that is extremely informative.

Something I found particularly interesting (quoting from the SCOTUSblog piece):

In a 1995 review of Stephen Carter’s book on confirmation hearings, “Confirmation Messes, Old and New,” Kagan criticized senators for failing to ask, and nominees for refusing to answer, questions about their views on specific issues.  Senators ought to dig deeply, she contended, asking straightforward questions about both the nominee’s judicial philosophy and her substantive views on constitutional issues: “The critical inquiry as to any individual similarly concerns the votes she would cast, the perspective she would add (or augment), and the direction in which she would move the institution” (934). Nominees could be asked about their views on particular issues that the Court regularly faces, such as “privacy rights, free speech, race and gender discrimination, and so forth” (936). On this view, a nominee ought to refrain only from expressing a “settled intent” to vote a particular way on a particular case that might come before her.

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3 Responses

  1. Nero says:

    It’s sad that the two women Obama nominates are not married and have not children.

    What kind of message does that send to our youth?

  2. Nero says:

    It’s sad that the two women Obama nominates are not married and have no children.

    What kind of message does that send to our youth?

  3. Ken says:

    Sad???

    It sends the message that now a woman has the same choice a man has always had — to pursue any of several options in life, not just the one that “traditional roles” demand of a woman.

    …and you find that sad?