July 2nd, 2010
04:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Two more GOP senators to oppose Kagan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/02/art.getty.mcconnell.jpg caption="Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he will oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan."]Washington (CNN) - Two more Republican senators have announced they will oppose Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski both issued statements Friday afternoon indicating their opposition to Kagan's nomination. The announcements come hours after Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch indicated he would oppose Kagan's nomination.

McConnell said Kagan was "far from forthcoming in discussing her own views on basic principles of American constitutional law" during this week's confirmation hearings.

"I do not have confidence that if she were confirmed to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court she would suddenly constrain the ardent political advocacy that has marked much of her adult life," McConnell said. "The American people expect a justice who will impartially apply the law, not one who will be a rubberstamp for the Obama administration or any other administration. For these reasons, I will oppose Ms. Kagan's confirmation."

In announcing her opposition, Murkowski bemoaned the lack of geographic diversity and the small number of law schools represented on the court.

"Ms. Kagan, like this administration's last nominee, Justice Sotomayor, is a native of New York City. Although she spent a portion of her career in Chicago, most of her career has been spent 'inside the beltway' of Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Massachusetts on the campus of Harvard University," Murkowski said. "If confirmed, six of the nine Supreme Court Justices will be from the Northeast United States, and only three law schools of the 199 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association will be represented on the high court-Harvard, Yale and Columbia law schools."

Murkowski did not support Kagan's nomination to her current post of solicitor general, and said Kagan is not qualified for the Supreme Court do to her lack of experience as either a judge or practicing lawyer.

"It is not essential that a Supreme Court nominee have experience as a judge but those who lacked that experience had substantial experience in the practice of law. Ms. Kagan has spent the bulk of her career as an academic, a university administrator and policy advisor. For the reasons I have cited here, I plan to oppose her nomination when it comes before the Senate," Murkowski said.

-CNN's Bill Mears contributed to this report

Filed under: Elena Kagan • Lisa Murkowski • Mitch McConnell • Supreme Court
soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. J Klainski

    His position might actually mean something if he had the slightest grasp of what he is talking about.

    July 2, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    BTW, "They don't care about whose fault it is."

    Mr. Republican Strategist could've fooled me. The GOP has done nothing for 20 months but (a) throw a pantcrapping coniption fit every time someone uses facts and evidence to point out Bush's and the GOP's role in the disasterous econmic crisis we're suffering and (b)oppose everything in order to break Congress and stagnate DC so that we all continue to suffer and they can say "look! the Dems are doing nothing! it's all their fault you're suffering" in 2012 (after all, what could be worse from their perspective than the economy picking up and things getting better and stabilizing by mid to late 2011?).

    July 2, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Victory

    What a bunch of crybabies you all are. "Republicans say no to everything Obama does". Give me a break. That's all you liberals did when Bush was in office. And give me one example of when Obama said yes to anything a Republican came up with. Of course a couple of Republicans are going to say no. No big surprise there. Get over it. She will get the position and we all will move on.

    July 2, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Marcus

    Henry Miller, Libertarian – What 'little written record she's left' (talking about Kagan's past) that proves that 'she's willing to ignore the Constitution' are you talking about?
    Honestly, what are you talking about?
    The comparison between KKK and NRA?
    Just that?
    Either your standards are way too high to be achieved by 99,99999% of the people who is QUALIFIED LIKE SHE IS to the seat, or they are out of touch with reality.

    July 2, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Were it not so tragic for our nation, it would be amusing to hear the concocted reasons Republicans are giving for trying to create failure for our President in any way they can. Everyone knows full well that Kagan is fully qualified for this position.

    July 2, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. MatthewDetroit


    Kagan is a terrible individual and makes bad decisions.
    She does NOT follow the law and goes her own direction.
    She is supposed to respect the law and especially the US Constitution which she does not.

    This woman is not a good person for supreme court justice.
    Come up with someone else Barack..

    July 2, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Bill

    I can only imagine what these Republican senators would say if the Democrats used the same language against Roberts, Scalia and Thomas. I believe they called it "stalling the democratic process"! Funny how when they are the minority that they turn to such politics. The President is allowed to nominate whom he/she chooses. I didn't agree with Roberts, Scalia or Thomas, but agree that Bush was President and had the authority to do so. The people of the US should not have elected Bush, but they did. G. Bush had the right.....Right now, so does Obama. When will the entire Senate WAKE UP to what democracy really means!

    July 2, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Hows that oil slick coming along Rush?

    Shes the best and will be nominated.I laugh at all the dittoheads everyday.

    July 2, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Shelly

    Thank God there are people in Washington that have their eyes open...Kagan is disasterous!!

    July 2, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    She went against the law and banned the military from recruiting when they had the righ to.

    She was made to back down when the goverment threatened to withold 300 million dollars from Harvard.

    If nothing else, this PROVES that she went against the law for her own beliefs. She completely, unfairly banned the military from recruiting and made it very difficult for them to operate on campus.
    She had to be threatened for her to back down and respect the law.

    She is a bad candidate because she refuses to follow the law herself.
    Her JOB is to follow the constitution and constitutional law, NOT to make it up as she goes and follow only the rules she wants.

    THAT is why she is a bad candidate.
    Pick someone who follows the law and follows the constitution.
    Pretty soon she will reinterpret the law for BARACK HUSSEIN and let him be a permanent leader just like HUGO CHAVEZ did down in Venezuela....
    He appointed judges that killed all the rules off as well....

    July 2, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    YAWN..... why is this news? These morons oppose everything....

    July 2, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. MatthewDetroit

    TOO BAD BARACK can not do anything for the US except lead it on a path to socialism.

    He is not restoring jobs.
    He is spending money wildly.

    All the DEMS complained about Bush adding to the deficit, but dont have a problem with Barack addding and continually adding to that same deficit.

    62% of GDP this year will be in deficit spending.....
    Welcome to Greece.
    Even the Europeans that love socialism are not following his penchant for spending spending spending.

    The Dems continually stuff amendements for additional spending in every bill they pass.
    20 Billion more for the teachers union....
    10 billion more for another union....

    Even cranky Nancy Pelosi said...that spending on unemployment creates jobs....clearly she is smoking dope.

    Kagan will give Obama more power to turn the US into a Socialism state.... Bad News Folks.

    July 2, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. a2rjr

    Any judicial candidate that won't uphold the Constitution and look to international law in any given case has no business being on any US court, especially the Supreme Court. Let's pray we get some Democrats with morals to vote no on her appointment as well.

    July 2, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. flatbroke

    I'm just shocked, I tell you! Republicans opposing someone or something put forth by the current administration!? It must be some mistake, right?

    July 2, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "She completely, unfairly banned the military from recruiting and made it very difficult for them to operate on campus."

    Clearly, you are uninformed. While they were banned, they were allowed use of the veteran's affairs office and recruitment actually went up that year. Those FACTS are inconvenient for you, I know, so you've ignored them, but recruitment just plain doesn't go up when it is "very difficult" to operate on campus.

    July 2, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    She will make sure the unions stay strong,and we know how much the corporate scumbags hate unions.hahaha

    July 2, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    Wow another angry old white guy stomping his feet and cursing the clouds. Their world is evolving and they are becoming extinct.

    Who do these narcisitic Repubs think Obama should nominate – more fascist puppets to support Roberts' activist court?

    July 2, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. MatthewDetroit

    BY THE WAY REPUBLICANS OPPOSE the push for socialism and the RUIN of this fine country....

    The country MICHELLE OBAMA was never proud of....
    The country that BARACK OBAMA hates and has contempt for....
    The apologist loves everywhere else in the world and has NO LOYALTY to the United States.

    Repbulicans vote NO on programs trying to save the US...

    It si a fact that when people figure out they can vote themselves free stuff...they will continue to....
    That is why the DEMS constantly placate the bottom, the welfare recipients, illegal aliens, etc.... They go after the bottom and always will.
    Gives you something to be proud of if you are Democrats and you believe in socialism.

    You should vote for HUGO CHAVEZ....Barack is basically his brother.

    July 2, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Pretty soon she will reinterpret the law for BARACK HUSSEIN and let him be a permanent leader just like HUGO CHAVEZ did down in Venezuela...."

    Zip your lip, your misinformation is hanging out. First, that kind of hyperbole just reveals that your'e an idiot. Second, Chavez proposed ending term limits in a referendum, which allowed the people to vote on it, and it was voted down. That's generally not how autocratic/dictatorial leaders operate. A dictator would've done something more along the lines of lying to the public in order to drum up support for an elective war.

    July 2, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Bill

    Wow....some of the people responding to this....are actually more monsterous than the actual republican senators who just care about getting re-elected by their ultra conservative constituents. Glad I live in MA.

    July 2, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. a2rjr

    Larry, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters are also on lists of most corrupt leaders. Let's hope there constituents are fed up with them as well. Barney Frank is directly responsible for the bank crisis. Do the research, he should be in jail along with Maxine Waters husband and Franklin Raines.

    July 2, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. rs

    The "Mummy" McConnell won't vote for Kagan. A shock I tell you! Republicans just keep diggin' that "we don't do nothin'" ditch.

    July 2, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Mary Kay Claus

    And, this is a surprise?

    July 2, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. kate

    The republicans would oppose God!

    July 2, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. Lynne WA state

    They are afraid of her because she A) has a brain and B) has a Vjayjay. Two things republicans fear,....that's why they like Sarah P. She has the second but not so much the first! hehehehe

    July 2, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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