The Senate on August 5th confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th Justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote was 63-37 for the President’s nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens. Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat and the Senate’s two independents to support the new member of the Court. It was reported that in a rarely-practiced ritual reserved for the most historic votes, Senators sat at their desks and stood to cast their votes with “ayes” and “nays.” This was a historic moment and one that I believe was good for the American people.
The naysayers in the Senate put up a pretty weak fight in their opposition to Justice Kagan. Partisan opposition – without any real basis for opposing a nominee – can never be good in my opinion. Yet that is exactly what we have seen in the last two Justices to be confirmed by the Senate. Some of the attacks on Elena Kagan were off-base, totally unfounded and reflected poorly on the attackers. I suspect their motives were more political than based on the nominee’s qualifications.
While Ms. Kagan is the first Supreme Court nominee in nearly 40 years with no experience as a judge, I predict that she will be an outstanding Justice. Her swearing-in marked the first time in history that three women are serving on the Court together. In my opinion that is a very good thing.
Source: Associated Press
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