Nothing against her personally, she seems like she is a nice person. But so what? Eva thought Adolph was a nice person, too.
I consider this post from theweeklystandard to be “required reading”: “The Rights’ Supreme Court Acquiescence.” In a John Doe nutshell, Miguel Estrada thinks that the Republican Senators should quickly confirm Kagan because she is technically qualified and her views are within the “mainstream” of current legal thought. The left doesn’t play nice–they oppose justices with right-of-center legal views, even though they are “within the mainstream.” And they attack them especially when they are qualified.
I’d like to give Estrada a swift kick in the ass. That’s the attitude that kept GWB from fighting back against his liberal attackers for eight long years. Fight back you dumb sons of b!tches! Obama opposed nominees based strictly upon their ideology. Give him a taste of his own medicine. Don’t play by the Marquess of Queensberry Rules when the other side refuses to abide by them.
Great, Obama appointed a third woman. I have no problem with women Justices. But she’s the third one from New York City. I propose that we make a rule that no more than one person from NYC should ever be on the Supreme Court at the same time. Three women from there should be grounds for immediate impeachment. This country will not elect Presidents from the liberal northeast, see, e.g., Dukakis and Kerry. Why should we be stuck with three Justices from New York City? I’d oppose her just on that basis alone. What’s wrong, Obamster, you can’t find an intelligent and qualified woman outside of New Yawk?
The woman has about zero experience out in the real world. Big deal, she was an associate of one of the best law firms in D.C., Williams and Connelly. For one year. They don’t let their clerks see the inside of a court-house in the first year. She spent her hours researching and writing memos to the partners. She didn’t like it so she went to work teaching law school. Teaching law and acting as Dean of a law school does not qualify one to be a Justice on the Supreme Court. She’s worse than a “pilot” who teaches others to fly but has never flown herself. At least pilots can practice flight simulators.
And this nonsense that great legal minds can only come from Harvard and Yale law schools is pure bunk. Yes, Ivy League schools get their pick of the litter. The students who attended the most elite undergraduate schools, and who studied the hardest and got the best grades, and who tested the best on the LSAT, usually apply to and are accepted at the best law schools. But mere hard work in college and brains do not a great legal mind make.
In my twenty-three years as a lawyer I have run into all kinds of lawyers from all walks of life. Once you are a lawyer for a while nobody cares where you went to school (Wake Forest) or how high was your class rank (top 1/3). You live and die on your reputation. Can you beat the other lawyer? Have you gotten good results in the past? Are you diligent and conscientious?
I’ve run into lawyers who are graduates of Harvard Law School. In my opinion where a person graduated from law school does not make a hill of beans difference in how smart they are. Law schools attract mostly the best and the brightest. The margin between the best and the rest is slim. Hard work, diligence, creativity, attention to detail, self-confidence, and the like determine how well a person will do in the legal profession–not where they went to school. Only The Elites seem to think otherwise.
Elena Kagan has no “reputation” because she has never practiced law. She apparently did a fine job as Dean of Harvard Law School, but those skills required do not transfer over to what is required of a Justice of the Supreme Court. She seems to have screwed up as Solicitor General (precisely because she is inexperienced, not because she is not smart).
For all of these reasons, Senators should reject her. This vote could affect our future for the next thirty to forty years!