May 12th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
11 years ago

Who is Elena Kagan?

More: Sen. James Inhofe says he will oppose Kagan's appointment to the Supreme Court

Filed under: Elena Kagan • Supreme Court
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  1. Johnathan

    as a registered democrat: Dump Kagan
    Get a bona fide liberal in there, you wussy!

    May 12, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Strategic Bob

    If Inhofe says he is against her, that's good enough for me. I am for her.

    May 12, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Maria H-Miami

    Kagan Clerked for 2 Judges. She was an associate at a Law firm – was an assistant Professor – was a Tenured Professor – worked 4 yrs in Clinton administration as Associate Counsel, as a Domestic Policy Advisor. She was the Dean of Harvard Law School. In March 2009 became Solicitor General and has handled 6 cases only.

    She is not a Judge, has no Judicial experience. She has no Courtroom experience. As far as I have read, she has never looked to work in any courtroom as a Judge and has not practiced as an Attorney either in the courtrooms.

    May 12, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. doug

    I hope they ask the question to make sure that she won't lezislate from the bench.

    May 12, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Bob in PA

    Nothing more than another political activist.

    May 12, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Enough

    Obama is looking for someone even less qualified than himself..........he found her. Way to go Obama, more bad selections.

    May 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    40 of 111 Supreme Court Justices never had any experience as a judge (that's 36%). The last two justices to serve who had never been judges were Rhenquist (Attorney General) and Powell (American Bar Association President), both of whom were appointed by Nixon (corrupt Republican).

    May 12, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. alicia

    All round bad choice, she doesn't have any experience, but hey, neither did Obama, so what's new?

    Give me a break!

    This woman is not qualified, poor choice!

    May 12, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Insanity!

    I will continue to take a "wait-and-see" attitude with this gal. I am
    reluctant to support ANYONE who allows her actions to be driven by personal beliefs as opposed to what is best for our nation. The Bush
    gang operated in that fashion for years. I am concerned not about her sexual preferences but about how clear-headed she is ; for example, why ban military recruiters? As one blogger already stated, Harvard receives massive grants from the U.S. military as well as sending much of the officer corps there for MBAs, etc. She may just be another loud mouth that has pushed her way to the top of the ladder. I could care less about her "legal background". The legal trade is awash iwith
    mediocre "talent". Is she rational? Or like Bush?

    May 12, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. bob

    Did she really prohibit armed forces recruitment on campus when she was dean? Was there a lawsuit filed that the supreme court ruled against her side unanimously on this issue? I heard it, but don't know if it's true.

    May 12, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Ben

    Strategic Bob – "If Inhofe says he is against her, that's good enough for me. I am for her."

    Oh that's a real good reason to support her. Who needs pesky things like qualifications, right?

    May 12, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Dave

    Another appointee by Obama with no practical experience. Everyone he has surrounded himself comes from the academic world with no real world expeience.
    This adminstration is either:
    A. Completely incompetent
    B. Calculating in thier abuse of the constitution and restructuring of America as a Republic designed for limited government intervention and personal accountability.

    I do not know which is worse.

    Either way:

    Vote in only those that support
    Less taxes
    Less spending
    Less government

    I do not care which party they are from

    May 12, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Tulsa

    For you bone headed Republicans who think you have to be a judge before becoming a Justice on the SCOTUS, here's a few names for you of distinguished Jurists who, before becoming SC Justices, never sat on the bench;
    Warren, Jackson, Renquist, Marshall, Brandies...... there have been 10 chief justices and 30 associate justices who never donned the judges robes before being chosen to sit on the Supreme Court.

    So what's your excuse? The recruiter thing is lame. try again.

    May 12, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    doug.... you mean like Roberts and his 4 conservative activist cohorts do?

    May 12, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Artie

    An ivy league elitist ,rich, never married,never had kids, from New York city, another lawyer and this is someone who knows about real American existence?

    May 12, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Pkm

    pkm i am a dem and a viet nam vet i have trouble with her stoping military people from comeing on campus

    May 12, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Inhofe served one(1) year in the U.S. Army and was kicked out, then he became a real estate broker. Who cares what this idiot has to say.

    May 12, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Lead, Follow or Get Out of The Way

    Kagan is young enough ... which I'd like to see

    Kagan is female enough .... which I'd like to see and is good for the Party

    Kagan is smart enough .... she'lll back Scalia and Roberts into corners intellectually

    Kagan is reportedly enough of a leader to sway people to her side.

    But Kagan is not a flaming liberal AND THAT's WHAT WE WANT Mr. President. The time for the BIG fight in the Senate is now while you've got the numerical advantage.

    Sooner or later, we are DEMANDING you apoint someone that would have gone further on Griswold -vs- Connecticut, Roe – vs- Wade, Miranda, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, People vs the FEC, etc. You need to make some quiet commitments to name that justice to the Supreme Court.

    You'll probably want to wait until you get a 2nd term but Ruth Ginsberg (age 77) may not choose to take that risk and stay on the court that long.

    After Justice Ginsberg retires, it will take an unexpected death to yield you another opportunity to appoint someone unless Justice Kennedy @ 73 or Justice Breyer @ age 71 decides to retire also .

    Mr. President, you are going to have to answer to your base. We won't have you put a 2nd term at risk but don't you dare take our support for granted.

    May 12, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Ted

    A breath of fresh air compared to Alito and Roberts. All the GOPers are talking about qualifications about Kagan. How come the Repukelicans were quiet when Palin was nominated? Talk about someone not qualified to do anything and ignorant and incompetent and dangerous and one potential heartbeat away from the buttons to hit the nuclear missiles?? The GOP needs to just go away and crawl back under its rock.

    May 12, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Erasmus

    She is strictly an academician and a poor choice for a position where some "real world" experience and common sense go a long way. There certainly must be a better qualified candidate.

    May 12, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Mar

    Johnathan, you are a republican, posing as a democrat.....we are not blind!!!! Learn to respect your president and maybe we listen to what you have to say.

    May 12, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    Elena Kagan is a very intellligent , highly qualified woman. That is precisely what scares the living s-- out of the Republicans.

    May 12, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |