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. a2rjr

    She is an Obama clone and finds the Constitution too restrictive of the Government. They find that it keep them from controlling every move citizens make. You clueless leftists better hope she doesn't get the position. Unless you really need them to tell you when to take a leak.

    July 2, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. vic

    These senators care about ordinary Americans NO

    We know they will oppose because they may get a chance like 2000 election so they want to control supreme court

    July 2, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Marcus

    The comparison made by some in this blog between President Obama and his Venezuelan counterpart Chavez couldn't be more inaccurate.
    For starters, if President Obama was anywhere near Chavez's methods, Fox News would have been shut down over a year ago, every Tea Party reunion would be disrupted by the police/FBI with dozens of arrests and he'd a big fan and friend of that wacko in Iran...
    For starters.
    Since nothing like is nowhere near from happening, ragrdless of what you may think of him at the very least do some research before comparing him to this fella or that one.

    July 2, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Bill

    Yea yea yea, socialist, communist, etc – same thing they said about FDR – I forgot we have been under socialist rule for the last 60+ years – SHUT UP and do something other than watch FOX and listen to Rush. There is NOTHING wrong with this woman, just more party of NO garbage – vote them out. Go Tea Party Nut Jobs, kill off these guys in the primary and when all us normal people vote the choice will be clear

    July 2, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Independent

    Tell me it is not so, Mitch is going to vote against Kagan....Give me a break, he is the founder of the word "NO."

    Put all the Republicans in a time capsule, they aren't working for the American People....they are only for themselves...

    July 2, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Marcus

    'MatthewDetroit – July 2nd, 2010 5:39 pm ET
    She went against the law and banned the military from recruiting when they had the righ to.'

    Actually she challenged their right in court, and until the courts said 'NO you can't do that' loud and clear, she had the right to oppose the military (but not 'ban' them as you claim).

    July 2, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. w l jones

    If we analyze every word our judge have said before selected we would be without a justice system in our country.

    July 2, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. stevegee

    Kagan is a left-wing liberal with no bench experience, and she has no intention of upholding the U.S. Constitution. Vote NO on Kagan.

    And in November, vote American, vote Republican. We have to stop Obama and the Democrats from "changing" our country into a socialist nightmare!

    July 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Larry

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

    Gomer Pyle could have told us this ...

    Republicans are as predictable as a flushing toilet

    And in my opinion, equally as valuable ...

    July 2, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. If We Can Defeat Him On HealthCare It Will Be His Waterloo

    Looking forward to more "No" votes from Mitch McTurtle and his minions on the next three to four Obama Supreme Court nominations.

    July 2, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Jamie from Riverside

    Who woulda thunk?

    July 2, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. WAW

    I'm a WASP and will be happy to see the day when WASP's are the minority. I'm also from the South and will be happy when Southerners finally figure out that the South lost the civil war. I'm also a conservative and will be happy when I am no longer identified with either the Tea Baggers or the Republicans. I'm not too happy right now, can you tell?

    July 2, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Harry A. Mitchell III

    The process is a joke. It's nothing but smoke and mirrors on both sides of the fence. If someone has an adgenda, do you think they are going to declare it under pressure from the senate? Hell no! If President Obama stood on his head, spun around, shot gold coins out of his as* and paid off the federal deficit with said gold, then shot more coins out of his as* and gave us a major surplus, the conservative republitards would still wine and cry like little girls!

    July 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Slider

    Kagan was asked about the expansion of the commerce clause, which was a direct question about the expansion of government at the cost of the liberty of those governed.

    She wouldn't answer.

    I don't care what party you belong to; I don't care what your ideology is, or who you support; for a Supreme Court nominee to refuse to acknowledge the limits of government power is unacceptable.

    We will rue the day this ideologue gets her black robe.

    July 2, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. brian griffin

    pretty sure matthew in detroit is some type of transgender crazed lunatic. typical republican nut job.

    July 2, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Lets see, a republicant opposing anything that any Democrat does. Shocking I tell you. I have never heard such a thing.

    July 2, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Brian from NJ

    @ Sniffit

    Roberts was a Bush appointee... and you still think you can criticize other poster for getting the facts wrong...wow.

    July 2, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Ken

    Old Fishface is at it again, doing what he does best! – saying NO and obstructing progress.

    July 2, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Mickey, NY

    All this coming from a Republican that looks like "Jigsaw" from the "Saw" movies...

    July 2, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "That is why the DEMS constantly placate the bottom, the welfare recipients, illegal aliens, etc.... They go after the bottom and always will."

    FACT: More white rural red-state people receive welfare than minorities. Approximately 61% of welfare recipients are white...it's not just inner city minorities and "illegals" as you've been BRED to believe. Go on...look it up...inform yourself...I'm not so coldhearted as to refuse to allow you to cry on my shoulder when you find out your entire fantasy daydream about the way the world works explodes and takes your head with it.

    July 2, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Please

    Republican Senators voting against Kagan – FYI we know, you don't have to release a press release. We already know if Obama elected your mothers you would vote no.

    July 2, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Muffet

    I view MOST republicans as cold hearted and evil. It like a natural high for them to put their foot on the necks of people for sport or dire situations affecting common people. I cannot be the only person who view them this way.

    July 2, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. Please

    Victory July 2nd, 2010 5:30 pm ET

    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.

    Remember when Obama opened up more off shore drilling right before the BP spill? That was a republican idea that Obama said yes to.

    Remember TARP, Bush enacted and Obama followed. That was a republican idea that Obama said yet to.

    You probably agree with Steele that Obama started the Afghan war.

    July 2, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. Oh My!!!

    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.***3 Old Farts***NO Surprise..... THE PARTY OF NO!!!!

    July 2, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Ge0ffrey

    Kagan couldn't even admit she had written a handwritten memo that showed her ideological support for partial birth abortion. God damn her. She's not fit for the court.

    When are Democrats going to nominate a Jew to the Supreme Court who actually believes in God?

    July 2, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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