Chances of a Kagan Filibuster Unlikely (AP)
The AP reports today that Republicans are unlikely to filibuster Kagan’s nomination. Key quote from Senator Kyl, the Republican whip:
”The filibuster should be relegated to the extreme circumstances, and I don’t think Elena Kagan represents that,” said Kyl, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The story reports that Republicans plan to aggressively question Kagan on her lack of judicial experience, lack of a paper trail, and the military recruiters issue. No surprises there….
Looks like we’re in for yet another “vapid and hollow charade.”
CLARIFICATION: “Vapid and hollow charade” is a direct quote from Kagan’s 1995 University of Chicago Law Review book review of Stephen Carter’s The Confirmation Mess . This quote in particular — and the article in general — has received a great deal of attention from bloggers and the media. The article can be downloaded HERE; see p. 941. The full sentence is: “Subsequent hearings [to Bork] have presented to the public a vapid and hollow charade, in which repetition of platitudes has replaced discussion of viewpoints and personal anecdotes have supplanted legal analysis.”