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Obama nominates Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

U.S. Solicitor General is Obama’s second high court nominee


 

President Barack Obama has nominated Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General of the U.S. and former dean of Harvard Law School, to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, she will be the first justice in 40 years who was never a judge before being appointed. Though Kagan has had a long legal career, relatively little is known about her positions on most issues; in her confirmation hearings for Solicitor General, one of the issues brought up was her “relative lack of courtroom experience.” Some liberal critics of Obama have already expressed reservations about the pick, arguing that this was Obama’s last chance to nominate a genuine liberal for the Court and that he did not take it, preferring instead to nominate a “blank slate” who might move the Court to the right.
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Obama nominates Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

  1. Mr Obama just increased Democratic chances of gaining in the mid-term elections by nominating Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
    Since elections are often won and lost on religious grounds, Mr. Obama's selection of Kagan, who is Jewish, probably picked up a huge number of the Jewish voters who might normally vote GOP — very important in states like New York and Florida.
    Because there are now no Protestants on the Supreme Court, with six Catholics and three Jews sitting once Kagan is confirmed, the lack of Protestants is apt to become an election issue. Catholics, of course, are happy their faith is overwhelmingly represented on America's highest court.
    Sadly, religion as well as race are going to be big election issues this autumn, perhaps, given the ugly nature of politics, more than economic issues and security.

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