May 10th, 2010
07:14 AM ET
13 years ago

Kagan brings reputation for consensus-building

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="If confirmed, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, right, shown here in this file photo with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor would be the fourth woman to serve on the high court. O'Connor was the first."]
Washington (CNN) - "You are not my people." That was Elena Kagan's blunt but light-hearted declaration when she greeted conservative legal minds meeting at Harvard's prestigious law school in 2005.

As dean, Kagan warmly welcomed the thousand or so members of the right-leaning Federalist Society but let them know she shared few of their views on the law and society.

Yet the conservative and libertarian faithful that night cheered Kagan's honesty and willingness to mix it up with her ideological opposites. It is that reputation as a consensus-builder that has earned the solicitor general positive reviews on the left and right.

Those bipartisan skills, and her limited public comments on hot-button issues, have generally kept Republican criticism at bay and put the 49-year-old experienced lawyer and policy-maker near the top of the contenders for nomination to the Supreme Court.

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  1. El Gordo

    Republican private investigators are hustling to find something – anything – that will damage this woman's reputation. Their policy of opposition to anything and everything, gridlocking the nation's government, rendering it unable to deal with the nation's problems, and consequently reducing the happiness and safety of America's people demands it.

    Conservatism is a much greater danger to our democracy than terrorism. We all know that terrorists want to destroy our country. Most of us don't realize the damage Conservatism would do if it could have its way.

    May 10, 2010 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that she can do that consensus building can continue should she be confirmed. There are too many 5-4 decisions that cut against the American people like the allowing uinfettered corporate contributions to political campaigns and commercials.

    May 10, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |