May 10th, 2010
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McConnell: Senate Republicans will treat Kagan fairly

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 Sen. Mitch McConnell, seen here in a file photo, said Monday that Republicans will treat Elena Kagan fairly. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)


Washington (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky issued the following statement upon President Obama announcing his selection of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to join the Supreme Court:

“I congratulate Elena Kagan on her nomination. As we did with Justice Sotomayor last year, Senate Republicans will treat Ms. Kagan fairly. She has been nominated for a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court, and we will carefully review her brief litigation experience, as well as her judgment and her career in academia, both as a professor and as an administrator. Fulfilling our duty to advise and consent on a nomination to this office requires a thorough process, not a rush to judgment.

“The American people expect judges to apply the Constitution and laws of the United States fairly and impartially—as they are written, not how they could have been written but were not. Even though the President who nominates them has personal policy preferences, judges must not be a rubberstamp for any administration. Judges must not walk into court with a preconceived idea of who should win. Their job is to apply the law ‘without respect to persons,’ as the judicial oath states; it is not to pick winners or losers.

“Senate Republicans will have a vigorous debate on the importance of this principle. And we will diligently review the record of Ms. Kagan to ensure that she shares this principle and that she possesses the requisite experience to serve on the Supreme Court.”


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. mike

    the party of no is going to treat this person in fairness that is a joke
    the party of no is going to stand in her way to make a political
    statement because they need another big business hack to help
    them

    May 10, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Jefe

    While I agree that judges should be applying the Constitution and the law of the land impartially, I also believe it is of extreme importance that the Supreme Court rapidly reverse the decision to give corporations, unions, etc., carte blanche to buy elections in the U.S. I believe the decision to elevate corporations and unions far beyond citizens, essentially nullifying any possibility of government of, by, and for the People will collapse our nation within 2 elections. Our government will exist completely, and totally, to benefit corporations and foreign nations.

    May 10, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. martraco

    Don't worry, my ruddy-cheeked friend, I'm sure you'll find some reason to trash her and her reputation, all the while proclaiming yourself to be 'fair and balanced'.

    May 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. JKT

    Wow, McConnell is a real piece of work.

    "as the judicial oath states; it is not to pick winners or losers."

    Oh? But that's EXACTLY what they did in Bush v. Gore.

    "people expect judges to apply the Constitution ...as they are written, not how they could have been written but were not."

    How'd that work out in their interpretation of the 2nd amendment, when they completely ignored the "in order to form a well regulated militia" clause to allow the carrying of concealed weapons? They threw away what was written and performed conservative judicial activism.

    Oh, I forgot...judicial activism is OK when it sides with the NRA, just not when it sides with a liberal cause. Right. Got it.

    May 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. get real

    The republicans can't use the term judicial acitivism anymore after the largest display of right-wing activism in the Citizens United case, calling corporations people and giving them free speech rights that basically allow them to purchase our elections. Seriously, there needs to be more of a balance on this court.

    May 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. larry

    Mitch McConnell stated:
    “The American people expect judges to apply the Constitution and laws of the United States fairly and impartially—as they are written, not how they could have been written but were not."
    If this is true then how the Hell did congress ever confirm those right wing constitution killing numb nuts known as the RATS.

    May 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. SkiDoc

    Can hardly wait for the first question wherein Kagan will invoke the "I can't be specific.........." response that she so vehemently criticized past nominess for. Should be fun!!!

    May 10, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Eric

    She should receive the same honorable treatment that our liberal Senate friends bestowed upon Robert Bork.

    May 10, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Fairly my butt congress will go to the end's of the Earth to dig up all the dirt they can to prevent a nomination .

    May 10, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Sisyphus51

    Gee, nice to know that Republicans are going on the record in favor of fairness.

    May 10, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Bertina

    Unlike the conservative judges on the bench who judge from their political viewpoints?

    May 10, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. TTBALA

    Mr McConnel you do not know the meaning of the word fairl, you repubs are so eaten up with venom and jealousy that once again you are going to make yourselfs a laughingstock, same way you do on every vote, but go ahead, if you Mr. McConnel were not so stupid, you would see that your ways instead of weakening the Democrats are strenghthening them, but then again what would we expect from you and your cohorts, more stupidity, GO FOR IT, you are making my day.

    May 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Kraig Rasool

    Did this republican just give an approval.....or is he just having a
    latte and telling me its just coffee?? A rubberstamp compliment is
    what it is....Be assured that when it comes time for Ms Kagan to be
    confirmed this republican will have his comments ready..Its sort of like
    in school when youre sitting in class and the bully is smiling at you
    saying nice things cause the teacher is standing right in front, but as
    soon as you hit the playground...on with the pushing and bullying once
    again....Im sure Ms Kagan will stand tall and give those who judge
    her responses that leave them stone-faced as usual..

    May 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Rod from Indy

    As if the current Republican-lead SCOTUS applies the laws fairly and impartially, which is why now corporations can now make contributions to candidates as if they are a person themselves. There needs to be term limits for these people. Lifetime contracts smacks of Kingship, something America has hated since its inception.

    May 10, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Metzger

    "Even though the President who nominates them has personal policy preferences, judges must not be a rubberstamp for any administration."

    Except that you're cool with the five extremely right wing judges on the bench. God forbid we have a balanced court.

    May 10, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Josh

    In Short:

    We will oppose her as completely and thoroughly as we have opposed every single other thing the Obama administration has proposed.

    Nothing new to see here, move along.

    May 10, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. felicia

    mitch is a lying, stinking, man who really sucks at the job he is doing. Cnn you suck as well

    May 10, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Wisconsinite

    "As we did with Justice Sotomayor last year, Senate Republicans will treat Ms. Kagan fairly"

    It's comments like this by McConnell and his ilk that are so disturbing. Do they really think that the American people are so stupid or have such short memories that we are going to believe this crap??!! Look, I hope McConnell is being truthful and the Repukes start doing something, actually ANYTHING, fairly but I'm not holding out much hope. We all know that they are going to begin their childish antics on the count of one, two, three . . . .so just stop LYING to us, McConnell!

    May 10, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. mikedog1969

    “The American people expect judges to apply the Constitution and laws of the United States fairly and impartially—as they are written, not how they could have been written but were not." You mean like giving Corporations identity as a "person" and handing them the same free speech rights as WE the people? Guess the same standard doesn't apply to conservative judges.

    May 10, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. A keen observer

    Mitch McConnell is a doddering old fool who wants to make sure Supreme Court justices are not judicial activists unless they are Republicans and then it is OK. He is just setting the stage for Republicans to try to tear Ms. Kagan down. It's all about politics!

    May 10, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. sonny chapman

    Yeah right. And he also really wanted to start over on Medical Insurance Reform & get a BETTER bill.

    May 10, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. BillE

    NO NO NO will be their reply, as always

    May 10, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. John Huff

    Who is this perfect person? Who is this person that can rule on cases just the way you want it to be interpreted? A constitutional document meant to be interpreted, but only the way that you see fit.

    May 10, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. tmclean1@cfl.rr.com

    And, Obama continues to make this country the laughing stock of the world; appointing someone to the highest court with absolutely no judicial experience...why not? He thinks, I have no experience and an the president! Obama is setting the stage to socialize the United(?) States by planting in young judges that can carry his Anti-American agenda for decades. The trendy "It's cool to vote for the "Hope and Change," 1/2 white guy...well, elections have consequences, and the detrimental consequences from this election will burden our children for decades. No longer is America the land of opportunity; it's the land of handouts for lazy minorities...

    May 10, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. BradKT

    That's a laugh. In other words, theres' s no way he will vote for her.

    May 10, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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