I got a good laugh out of this Associated Press article that hit the wires a couple of hours ago…
WASHINGTON (AP) – Leading Republican senators on Sunday questioned whether Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan could be an impartial judge as they tried to inject some drama into her upcoming confirmation hearing.
Democrats praised Kagan’s record and predicted she will win confirmation as the 112th justice – and only the court’s fourth woman.
The Senate Judiciary Committee begins the weeklong hearing on Monday. Kagan is not expected to face questions until Tuesday.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the committee, said Kagan’s nomination has “real problems” that she will have to address.
“I think the first thing we need to decide is, is she committed to the rule of law even if she may not like the law? Will she as a judge subordinate herself to the Constitution and keep her political views at bay?” Sessions said.
Yes, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III of Alabama, I do believe Elena Kagan will be committed to the rule of law and that she will “subordinate” (interesting word choice) herself to the Constitution and keep her political views at bay. Now a question for you, sir. Do you believe that Justices Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia meet those standards? Because I don’t.
And, of course, John Cornyn of Texas had to go and make a fool of himself. Again.
Cornyn said the hearings could be as much about President Barack Obama as his high court nominee. “Clearly this president is trying to get somebody through who has a very sparse record and who he believes will be a reliable vote on the left wing of the United States Supreme Court,” Cornyn said.
No, John, I would expect a Democratic president, duly elected by the people of the United States of America, to nominate a Supreme Court Justice who would be a reliable vote for the right wing of the United States Supreme Court. I would expect him to nominate another Justice in the mold of Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia. You blooming idiot. As for Ms. Kagan’s sparse record…
She served as Harvard law dean and as a White House aide and lawyer in the Clinton administration sandwiched in between stints as a law professor at the University of Chicago and Harvard. Kagan earlier was a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Not to mention her service as Solicitor General under President Obama.
Would you (or could you) perhaps name all the Justices who have served on the Supreme Court who had no judicial experience prior to their appointment to that court? Go ahead, John, google it. We’ll wait.
The coming weeks are going to be fun. It is going to be enjoyable watching these Republican senators make fools of themselves as they face the superior intellect of Elena Kagan.