Obama has named Elena Kagan as his Supreme Court nominee. I was watching the news this morning as they were talking about her qualifications and possible points of conflict for both the left and the right (this being the MSM, they were basically slamming the right, but anyway...)....
Here's my problems with someone with her qualifications sitting on the bench of the highest court in the land:
1.) She's an academic ('nuff said on that) and a former dean of Harvard Law, bastion of free speech and intellectual inquiry-NOT;
2.) While at Harvard, she opposed military recruiting on the Harvard campus due to the Clinton-era 'don't ask, don't tell' policy--probably on the grounds of identity politics--I really can't think that she's going to leave that bias at the door and I don't think that the Supreme Court is a place for activist judges;
3.) She supports the expansion of Executive powers. With Obama grabbing up every bit of the economy that he can (and is now going after the internet so those bloggers will quit being mean to him) I don't think that we need anyone on the Court that would support any more power being vested in the Executive branch.
Eugene Volokh thinks that she's a good candidate and he knows more than I do about this so maybe it won't be the train wreck that I'm thinking it'll be.
1 year ago