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Supreme Court Nominee Kagan comes out clean in Bill Clinton Library papers…..

Republicans have found little in Elena Kagan's public statements, private utterances and nonjudicial paper trail to make a major fuss about.

[ Republicans have found little in Elena Kagan’s public statements, private utterances and nonjudicial paper trail to make a major fuss about. ]

Oh, Well…..

The GOP needs to go find something else about her to complain about……

On Friday, the Clinton Library made a document dump of some 46,000 pages of memos from Elena Kagan’s time as a White House domestic policy advsier.  The wonks have had a weekend with the documents, so were they able to find a pubic hair in this can of Coke?

Short answer: No.  Kagan’s input on most of the documents is the odd handwritten notation, meaning that those looking to build a case against her were reduced to overanalyzing scribbles. The AP was happy to do this, calling their own findings “mysterious” in the headline. The strongest critique the Times could find was the phrase “fairly terrible idea,” in reference to a federal ban on assisted suicide, and a disagreement with the tone of a Social Security Administration letter. Politico managed to find a conflict in the documents: some say they show her to be a centrist, but others insist they demonstrate her pragmatism. Oh, can’t we all just get along?….


Politico does a piece on this also……

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 4 Comments

Kagan and recruiting for the Military at Harvard….

Elena Kagan will represent the White House in cases before the Supreme Court.

While the Dog thinks that recruiting for the military should be allowed on every campus that takes a nickel of federal funds….

Elena Kagan didn’t think so a few years back…..

The Republicans have signaled that this will be their chief beachhead against Kagan’s nomination…

That she’s anti-Military…..


She made that position made clear several years ago…..as is her right to do….

The Supreme Court rebuffed her  efforts…..

In my mind things have changed dramatically in America….

While people still aren’t happy about this country being  in two wars…..

The public is generally split almost evenly….. for and against…

And the US military is not having no problem recruiting…

The issue is but one  she has dealt with……

She’s entitled to her opionion …even if people don’t agree with them..

She has not indicated in anyway, shape or form that she isn’t behind the men and women who  go to war for this nation….

The Republican’s know this……and her past actions are not a  reason to vote against approving her nomination….

And she will be approved in the end……

“You don’t need a whole lot of hearings,” the former House Speaker said. “The very fact that she led the effort, which was repudiated unanimously by the Supreme Court, to block the American military from Harvard Law School — we’re in two wars, and I see no reason why you would appoint an anti-military Supreme Court justice or why the Senate would confirm an anti-military Supreme Court justice.”

Ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) showed no signs of softening his rhetoric against Kagan’s actions as Harvard Law School dean, when she denied military recruiters access to the school’s career services office out of opposition to the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring gays from serving openly in the armed services.

“This is no little bitty matter,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”

Sessions said Kagan had let her “deep personal belief” get in the way of following the law, saying she had “violated the law of the United States at various points in the process.”

Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, replied that Kagan had complied with federal law after the Supreme Court struck down an attempt — in which she participated — to overturn it.

“This really is trying to make up something out of whole cloth,” Leahy said.

He argued that students who wanted to join the military would be able to seek out recruiters easily, noting they were “always on the Harvard campus,” just at a different location than other recruiters.

On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Judiciary panel member Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) wouldn’t say whether Kagan was anti-military, but that her past actions would generate questions at her confirmation hearings.

“I don’t know whether she’s anti-military and it will play a part in the hearings,” Kyl said. “In my view it was inappropriate for her to describe it as a discriminatory policy of the military,” adding that neither Congress nor the Clinton administration were barred from campus for enacting the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Another Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), said Kagan was “not at all” anti-military and called the accusations “Gingrich hyperbole.”


May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments