May 10th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
8 years ago

Grassley highlights Kagan's lack of judicial experience

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following statement:

“A lifetime appointment requires a thorough vetting and I expect Elena Kagan to receive fair, respectful and deliberative consideration. The Constitution gives the Senate a tremendous responsibility to carefully review the President’s nominees to the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee must take time to ensure that the nominee will be true to the Constitution and apply the law, not personal politics, feelings or preferences. With no judicial experience, it becomes even more important that we ask thorough questions to determine that Ms. Kagan truly understands the constitutional role of a Supreme Court justice.”

Filed under: Charles Grassley • Elena Kagan • Senate • Supreme Court
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Bob in PA

    There isn't a lack of, its just non-existent. Obama wants to populate this cour with political activists, not judges. The Polit Bureau couldn't be prouder of their creation.

    May 10, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. KMAN821

    Grassley's actions and words during the healthcare debate clearly ... Highlights HIS LACK lack of honesty!

    May 10, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    Ironically, she WAS nominated to the DC circuit court of appeals in 1999, but the senate wouldnt grant a hearing. So if she has no judicial experience, you can lay it at Orrin Hatch's feet.

    BTW – William Rehnquist never had any judicial experience, either...

    May 10, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Stewart - Las Vegas

    This from "Pull the plug on grandma" Grassley !

    I can see already the republicans will block this, just like everything else.

    I think we should get rid of these "old farts" from both parties.

    May 10, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Bill1234

    Please this is the same Senator during the healthcare debate talking about pulling the plug on older people. Please Iowa voters please pull the plug on this United States Senator.

    Senator Grassley's will be a note vote!

    May 10, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Vic of New York

    Given the Supreme Courts recent track record - actually that's a good thing! Get your ears plugged on right, Grassley!

    May 10, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. JonDie

    Grassley provide the first INSULT of the many that Republicans will offer. And what exactly does Grassley know about "the constitutional role of a Supreme Court justice?” How many years was HE a federal judge?

    May 10, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. ZipinSC

    It's a real dilemma for the Repubs., How to block another Obama nomination without making themselves look like complete idiots?"Your children and grandchildren will be paying for this?" "This will destroy the constitution as we know it?""Drill Baby Drill?""It will destroy American jobs?""Their going to pull the plug on Granny?" Their really going to have to work on this one. LOL

    May 10, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Donna

    I don't care if the next justice is a Democrat or Republican. The important things is that they have experience, know the Constitution and are willing to always follow it in judging a case brought to the Court. If this lady can answer to all that then she is the one. If not, politics shouldn't enter into the process. This is an election for LIFE, and these people on the Court, must have experience. If she doesn't then obama can pick another Democat judge to nominate. There are many democrat judges out there who will meat the test.

    May 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Pam

    It is unfortunate for our country that the only thing Republicans will be looking at whether or not she will benefit the GOP instead of whether or not she will benefit the country!

    May 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Sorensen

    What does Mr. Grassley know about the constitution?
    He is an intellectual dwarf compared with Ms. Kagan.
    He should just go back to all the other old and barely educated
    GOP farts and say NO.
    At least they are very good at that!

    May 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thanks for the input Gomer, now go home!

    May 10, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. SocialismBad

    HELP WANTED: United States Supreme Court Justice

    NO experience necessary.

    Must be open to all leftist ideas including the taking of private property for re-distribution to rich land developers in order to increase tax revenue.

    A full understanding of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights is not required. Prospective candidates my substitute their Progressive viewpoints instead.

    We are an equal opportunity employer however white men need not waste their time applying.

    May 10, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Ted

    The problem that Grassley has is that Obama will not appoint some wack job like Alito to the bench. Obama wants, for the country, people who have diverse backgrounds so that the Constitution can be interpreted and applied intellectually, rather than by rightwing wackjobs like Alito.

    May 10, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. joe in VA

    Let's see: Prez Obama had no experience running anything in Federal government besides a senate committee that never covened and yet he believed he was qualified to be POTUS. So, it stands to reason that he'd nominate a lawyer with no experience being a judge to be a supreme court justice.

    I think the last prez to try this was Prez Bush with Harriet Meyers. It didn't wash then and it doesn't wash now.

    May 10, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. mary dale

    So she hasnt been a judge – big deal. Rehnquist wasnt and that didnt seem to bother the republicans when his name was brought up. If that is all they can say about her great. But surely sometime in her past she said something like Sotomayors 'a wise latina woman' so that goofball Sessions can have something to ask her over and over. I am from Iowa and i will do my best to see that Grassley no longer is our Senator and only will get the pork from his years in Senate for his family farm. He is a total embarassment to our state.

    May 10, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Marc

    Bob in PA – By 'political activists' you mean people, highly qualified for the job people, that shares at least a few of his points of view?
    Every President that had the chance of nominate a Justice did that dude, and those who disagree with his points of view came up (always) with the same excuse when they were not interested in really analyzing and judging the choice.
    Remember the 'what's-her-name' woman that GWB wanted to put on the SCOTUS? Even the GOPers had to agree that she was strongly disqualified for it.
    As for now, there's nothing really big enough to disqualify Mrs. (or is it Ms.?) Kagan.

    May 10, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Grassley like the rest of the GOP prefer Palin's lack of qualifications. Remember they never said she lacked qualifications to be vice president and a heart beat away from the presidency, they supported her all the way but it was the American people who said she wasn't qualified.

    May 10, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Joseph B

    How about Alito and Roberts? Is lying during confirmation hearings part of the constitution according to Grassley? Sure seems to be to according to the Republican party these days.

    May 10, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. stevetall

    Get ready to head back to the farm, Chuck. Your poor performance as a US Senator is about to come to an end, and we'll no longer have to endure the stupid things that you think and say. My fellow hay-seeds from Iowa have had enough and are getting ready to boot you back to the sticks! Adios, pin head!

    May 10, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. AEK

    I see today, as with any other day a story about an Obama nomination or executive action is in the news, we have the idiots playing the Communist card. These people wouldn't know a Communist if one came up and kissed 'em right on the mouth. I would suggest that if they really want to be outraged, they should concentrate their energies on the immigration law passed in Arizona. That law would have made Hitler and Stalin both so proud.

    May 10, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Controversy over Nothing

    Fully 1/3 of all Supreme Court Justices throughout our country's history WERE NOT JUDGES. Included among this list are noteworthy names such as :

    Chief Justice William Rhenquist
    Justice Hugo Black
    Justice Powell
    Justice Aurthur Goldberg

    It's time for someone who can bring diversity of thought. Also, let's be clear, the 9 Justices ARE NOT JUDGES in the traditional sense.

    Their job to answer previously UNANSWERED questions regarding the application of the Constitution to today's society.

    Clearly the Constitution is not perfect otherwise we'd not have modified it to permit WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE of to COUNT BLACKS as FULL CITIZENS instead of 3/5 ths of a person. You don't need to have been a Judge to know those were wrong.

    May 10, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Michael from Ventura

    And here we go AGAIN- the grand Obstructionists party at it's "best". I hope the rest of America is as tired of them as I am!! They never have solutions- just objections to EVERY move the President makes.

    May 10, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    The "throw the incumbents out" crowd should love the lack of judicial experience. They want to bring in all inexperienced people to Washington (as if that would make anything better).

    May 10, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Wisconsinite

    Pull the plug on Grassley! This man has NO credibility and every lie that comes out of his mouth should be seen as an affront to the American citizens who pay his salary! FIRE HIM!!!

    May 10, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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