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Kagan – A Vapid And Hollow Charade

Media Notes Kagan “Repeatedly Declined To Weigh In,” “Deflected Questions,” “Wasn’t Willing To Answer More Questions,” & Was “Lead Actor In The Very Farce” She Called A “Vapid And Hollow Charade”

SEN. ARLEN SPECTER (D-PA): “And Perhaps You Haven’t Answered Much Of Anything.” (Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 6/30/10)

THE WASHINGTON POST: “Fifteen Years Ago, Elena Kagan Wrote A Law Review Article Calling The Supreme Court Confirmation Process ‘A Vapid And Hollow Charade’ That Takes On ‘An Air Of Vacuity And Farce.’ Instead Of A Quality Discussion, She Wrote, Nominees Offer ‘Repetition Of Platitudes’ And ‘Personal Anecdotes.’ On Tuesday, Fate Cast Kagan As The Lead Actor In The Very Farce She Correctly Described. And, to nobody’s surprise, she played the role according to the standard script: with platitudes, personal anecdotes and an air of vacuity.” (Dana Milbank, “The Dodgy Miss Kagan,” The Washington Post, 6/30/10)

POLITICO: “Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan, Who Years Ago Called Such Hearings ‘A Vapid And Hollow Charade,’ Helped Ensure They Were Exactly That This Week. … One was left wondering if the public would not be better served by forcing nominees to appear on ‘Meet the Press,’ ‘Face the Nation’ and ‘This Week’ — or at the very least ‘Larry King Live’ and ‘The View’ — instead of going through the current process. Would we really learn less? Could we possibly learn less?” (“‘Vapid’? ‘Hollow’? Kagan Nailed It,” Politico, 6/30/10)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Republicans And Democrats Alike Expressed Frustration That She Wasn’t Willing To Answer More Questions Despite Having Once Written A Book Review Saying Supreme Court Nominees Needed To Do Just That.” (“Leahy Predicts Kagan Approval; Hearings Near End,” AP, 6/30/10)

THE WASHINGTON POST: “During More Than Eight Hours Of Friendly Questions From Democratic Senators And Sharper Grilling By Republicans, Kagan Remained Somewhat Guarded. At Times, She Retreated Into Broad Statements About The Constitution Or Recited Legal Precedent On Polarizing Questions Without Divulging Her Own Views.” (“Kagan Refuses To Criticize Supreme Court, Vows To Be Politically Independent,” The Washington Post, 6/30/10)

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “Elena Kagan Deflected Questions About Her Own Views On Gun Rights And Abortion During Her Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings On Tuesday, instead describing Supreme Court precedents. … Ms. Kagan’s responses, during a long and sometimes tense day of parrying with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, were similar to those of Supreme Court nominees past. But unlike her predecessors, Ms. Kagan wrote a 1995 article calling for judicial nominees to be more forthcoming. On Tuesday, minutes into her testimony, she backpedaled, saying she now believed it would be inappropriate even to answer questions that might “provide some kind of hints” about her views on matters of legal controversy.” (“Kagan Follows Precedent By Offering Few Opinions,” The New York Times, 6/29/10)

USA TODAY: “In Her Second Day Of Questions From The Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Solicitor General Kagan Continued Her Cautious Testimony, Relating The Status Of The Law In Many Areas And Shielding Her Personal Views.” (“On Day 3, Kagan Testifies Cautiously,” USA Today, 6/30/10)

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “Ms. Kagan’s Responses, During A Long And Sometimes Tense Day Of Parrying With Members Of The Senate Judiciary Committee, Were Similar To Those Of Supreme Court Nominees Past. But Unlike Her Predecessors, Ms. Kagan Wrote A 1995 Article Calling For Judicial Nominees To Be More Forthcoming. On Tuesday, Minutes Into Her Testimony, She Backpedaled, saying she now believed it would be inappropriate even to answer questions that might ‘provide some kind of hints’ about her views on matters of legal controversy.” (“Kagan Follows Precedent By Offering Few Opinions,” The New York Times, 6/29/10)

WALL STREET JOURNAL: “Kagan Created Some Distance From The Article Saying She Was ‘Wrong’ When She Said That Nominees Should Be Able To Talk About Past Supreme Court Cases And Whether They Agreed With The Holdings. Now, she said, she thinks that would be inappropriate because those precedents could come before the court again.” (“Kagan Backs Away From 1995 Article On Hearings,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/29/10)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Is Distancing Herself From A 15-Year-Old Article In Which She Says Nominees Should Be More Forthcoming About Their Views During Confirmation Hearings.” (“Kagan Declines To Offer Ideological Direction,” AP, 6/29/10)

POLITICO: “Elena Kagan Repeatedly Declined To Weigh In.” “Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took direct aim at the Roberts Court, saying the conservatives on the court have tried to ‘topple’ precedent they don’t like. But Elena Kagan repeatedly declined to weigh in, even on the Citizens United campaign finance case in which she took the losing position. ‘I’m not going to characterize the court or any of the justices on the court,’ Kagan said.” (“Kagan Dodges Critique Of Roberts Court,” Politico, 6/30/10)

ROLL CALL: “That Answer Did Not Satisfy Feingold, A Campaign Finance Reform Advocate Who Continued To Press Kagan On Whether She Takes Note Of The Public Reaction To High Court Rulings.” (“Kagan Shows Feisty Side As Questioning Begins,” Roll Call, 6/30/10)


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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