June 30th, 2010
08:09 PM ET
13 years ago

Kagan and Roberts united at confirmation hearings


Kagan's candid but cautious approach in three days of hearings looks like it came out of the playbook John Roberts used when he went before senators in 2005. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - If confirmed to the Supreme Court as expected, Elena Kagan would work with and independently of Chief Justice John Roberts. That's the nature of the court's internal dynamics, and the concept of the one justice-one vote system in which the chief justice is often called "first among equals."

Roberts' five-year leadership of the nine-member court has frequently been as much a part of Kagan's Senate confirmation hearing this week as the nominee herself. Despite their clear ideological differences, it has been striking how much these two clearly bright legal minds share.

Kagan's candid but cautious approach in three days of hearings looks like it came out of the playbook Roberts used when he went before senators in 2005. She concluded her testimony Wednesday relatively unscathed, clearing the path for a likely confirmation in coming weeks.

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  1. stevegee

    They took over the auto industry, then healthcare, now financial services, energy is next, and then You.

    Wake up people! Obama and the Democrats are "changing" are country into a socialist nightmare. In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    June 30, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. ConstitutionalPatriot

    hopefully she will put personal feelings aside and rule fairly according to the constitution. The liberal wing seems to be a bunch of constitution deniers to me, which is sad, because they would destroy hard fought freedoms with no remorse.

    June 30, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Layla

    Of course she will go through unscathed....our majority of politicians are communists and the minority gutless.

    We have a President who couldn't run a Dairy Queen. Why not a Supreme Court Justice with no judicial experience?

    By this time next year, this democracy will be history. And it will have died without a peep or a whimper.

    June 30, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. MatthewDetroit

    This woman signifies the ruin of the American Way.
    She will not follow law.
    She will not follow the US Constitution.
    She makes decisions on feelings instead of law.
    She will further drive away business and our ideals.

    June 30, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |

    Another crying shame. Like OBAMA she is a fish out of water. Only disgrace will come from this appointment.

    June 30, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |

    At least we finally found a whacked out loony lib that likes bush.

    June 30, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    Confirmation is inevitable. Partial birth abortion here we come!

    June 30, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    I Believe any SCOTUS nominee who really wants the job can answer any and all questions in a manner that justifies confirmation by the needed majority.
    Only if a really serious principle and strongly held personal view is an issue would a candidate knowing the effect of a true answer deliberately get themsellf rejected.
    I certainly see no need or necessity to spend 3 full days and another day plus with Petraeus, (Gosh how many times has he testified already) then time in the full Senate to complete these processes.
    Its mainly pure theater. We all know the hot button issues every time!!
    To me this is like Nero fiddling while Rome burns! Pass finance regulation laws, get on with employment legislation, extending unemployment benefits and do something to fix two sets of legislation that are damaging to efforts to clean up the gulf oil spill.
    Wouldn't mind a three day committee to do that.

    July 1, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  9. Randall in Torrance, CA - I used to vote Republican then I learned to read

    Kagan will be appointed and America needs her badly. She is highly qualified and a wondeful lady. Republicans disagree with her because she puts people's rights over a corpoation's rights.

    God bless her.

    Obama-Biden 2012!

    July 1, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. Gz

    I'm sure that she is a nice person, but does anybody really think that she is qualified. This is no better than Bush's lousy Harriet Myers pick. This nomination makes the Obama Administration look stupid at a time when the oil leak is having us question his leadership and competence......

    We need fiscally conservative, socially liberal, competent independent leaders! No more D's or R's. This group of D's particularly are bad!

    July 1, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  11. Pkm

    What troubles me is she for the military and what about guns

    July 1, 2010 06:55 am at 6:55 am |