May 10th, 2010
11:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Steele: Expect Republicans to raise questions about Kagan

Washington (CNN) - Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued the following statement:

“Over the past year, the American people have been witness to President Obama’s massive expansion of the federal government into our daily lives. To assure the American people, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, will need to demonstrate that she is committed to upholding the vision of our Founding Fathers, who wrote a Constitution meant to limit the power of government, not expand it. The President has stated repeatedly that he wants a justice who will understand the effects of decisions on the lives of everyday Americans. But what Americans want is a justice who will stay true to the Constitution and defend the rights of all Americans, adhering to the rule of law instead of legislating from the bench. Given Kagan’s opposition to allowing military recruiters access to her law school’s campus, her endorsement of the liberal agenda and her support for statements suggesting that the Constitution 'as originally drafted and conceived, was defective,’ you can expect Senate Republicans to respectfully raise serious and tough questions to ensure the American people can thoroughly and thoughtfully examine Kagan’s qualifications and legal philosophy before she is confirmed to a lifetime appointment.”

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  1. Heidi

    “Over the past year, the American people have been witness to President Obama’s massive expansion of the federal government into our daily lives."

    Wow. And the Patriot Act wasn't a "massive expansion of the federal government into our daily lives?"

    How is it that it's OK for the Federal Government to meddle in our daily lives because of outside influence (aka Al Qaeda) and it's not OK to for the goverment to meddle when the influence comes from inside our borders (aka insurance companies)?

    How is the fear that people feel about another 9/11 any different from the fear people feel wondering if their medical safety net is going to get yanked out from under them if they get diagnosed with cancer?

    May 10, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    A "thoughtful" examination. Right. I guess howling and screaming and throwing around wild absurd epithets like "fascist socialist communist un-American traitors" is what passes for "thoughtful" on the right.

    Expect the usual carnival freak show/soccer riot on this process.

    May 10, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Mickey, NY

    I see Steele is reading from the Republican/Conservative "Insert Name Here" memo...

    May 10, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. carlos

    Ms.Kagan....superb intelligence.............the alaska hag...obscure knowledge and total stupidity.......and that represents the gophers, hehehehe

    May 10, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. JonDie

    Yet another no-nothing Republican "expert" chimes in.

    And when while judificial "expert" Sarah Palin weightin?

    As soon as she writes down some notes on the palm of her hand, but that can't happen until her aide researches and then gives Palin the information.

    May 10, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I dunno, Steele. You might need her for the eventual NRC vs. Steele case when the lawsuit concerning your mismanagement (or lack of management) of you Party finally makes it to the Supreme Court! She could be the 5th vote that keeps you from having to pay back millions to the RNC that were squandered under your watch!

    May 10, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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