July 20th, 2010
12:33 PM ET
13 years ago

Senate Judiciary approves Kagan

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become the nation's fourth female Supreme Court justice, setting up a final confirmation vote by the Senate.

The committee vote broke down mostly along partisan lines, with one Republican joining the panel's Democrats in sending the nomination to the full Senate on a 13-6 vote.

Democrats repeatedly characterized Kagan as a strong legal thinker who would be a fair judge, while Republicans slammed her as an inexperienced activist who would be unable to divorce her legal judgments from her political opinions.

Members on both sides expressed frustration with a confirmation hearing process many observers say increasingly yields few clear answers about a nominee's judicial philosophy.

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  1. Shibumi

    @ Stinkagain......Happy that you are still on the gub'ment cheese roll. The rest of us work so you don't have to....................Loser.

    July 20, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    I still can't believe Obama selected someone more qualified than him for that position.

    July 20, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Just say no OR have a moratorium

    You mean the just say NO party can't stop another democratically elected day of government from doing the people's work.

    We need no more proof: The Repubs don't like to work....they are the party of croni-capitalism and trust fund inheritance. You don't have to work when you just say NO or call for a moratorium on everything and anything...EXCEPT of course for tax cuts for yourself and your rich friends.

    America is broke because the RICH took the money over a series of tax cuts from goof ball Reagan on through to the goofiest ball of all in baby Bush. Tax cuts for the rich = large deficits and interest payments to the Chinese!

    July 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Big George in Big D

    @Think again – and I suppose you are one of many with your hand out expecting government support?

    July 20, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. brett

    I will NOT vote her. She MUST OUT

    July 20, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. independent

    Republicans will remain unhappy until they can put another right-wing activist judge in there.

    July 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    ThinkAgain July 20th, 2010 12:37 pm ET
    Excellent! Now, if the Senate Republicans would stop hurting Americans and pass the unemployment benefit extension, I'd be even more happy.
    The GOP is willing to help pass the extension. Whta yiu need to do is ask why the liberals will not use unspend TARP funds to pay for it! That is a win-win. People get help and no additional national debt as TARP $$ is already available! It appears PAYGO means nothing to the Liberals!

    July 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That was expected, although not preferred.

    July 20, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    sorry about my spelling!

    July 20, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. sheena canada

    barack .hussein etc etc

    In all your posts you throw out labels and statements which have no historical or current facts to substatiate them. Just more of the same old hatred, negative spewing of words most of which you clearly could not properly define.

    Your becoming very boring -blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda.

    July 20, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Rob Johnson

    Well, that does it. She's in.

    This woman seems very impressive intellectually, and let me be the millionth person to point out that several conservatives have been appointed to the Supreme Court without any experience as a judge, most notably Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

    Kagan will more than hold her own on the Supreme Court.

    July 20, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Incompetent-DICTATOR July 20th, 2010 12:43 pm ET
    "In 2008 we were asked to place the country in the hands of a person that had NO EXPERIENCE. A majority of the American people were fooled and lied to and now we have a leftist in the Whitehouse.
    Now the same gang is asking to put an inexperienced person on the USSC for a LIFE TIME APPOINTMENT! This Leftist/Progressive/Liberal will vote to ruin this country for the next 30-50 years!! Sotomayer LIED during her confirmation hearings about the 2nd Amendment and this one is a liar as well.

    Do you honestly believe that anyone in our government, including our president is progressive? Your perspective has been warped by 30 years of corporatist rule. They've pushed the political spectrum so far to the right that even your savior, Ronnie Rayguns, (you know, the guy who pardoned millions of illegal aliens and raised taxes 4 times to get us out of a recession,) would appear to be a socialist to the idiot "real Americans" Ask yourself, what was the last piece of legislation that didn't help large corporations at the expense of the people. You'd probably have to go back to LBJ to find an example. But just keep believing what your TV tells you to believe. Have a nice day!

    July 20, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. stormerF2

    MR kagan lies,about no allowing the Military on Harvard to recruit and should not be passed as a Judge to the supreme court for a Judgeship.

    July 20, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Hannah

    Now if we could just replace the the corporatists, Scalia, Roberts we might just turn this country around.

    July 20, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Just because you simpletons on the right hear Fox TV say something and then you post it on some website – does not make the lies true.
    If you factually look at Kagan's work and experiance she is undeniably over quailified! Period. All your crying, whinning, and name-calling won't change that fact.
    It just freaks you radicals out because she won't talk nehanderthal as the activist right-wing judges Scallia, Thomas, and Roberts do.

    July 20, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Marcus

    Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Incompetent-DICTATOR – First, it's SotomayOr, get her name right. Second, many 'inexperienced person' or 'men without bench experience' were appointed and confirmed in the past, some did good stuff and some did bad stuff, check on THEIR records before coming again with your baseless and weightless rant.
    'Leftist/Progressive/Liberal' is not an offense. If it is for you then you just spoke volumes about your bias and political prejudice.

    July 20, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. VietnamVet71

    What Ms. Sherrod said is pale in comparison to what transpired in the to my family in the fifies and sixties. I can remember the county agents directing my father to plowing under 1 acre of 8 acres of cotton on the family small farm so the white farmers could keep the 250 acres.

    July 20, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Grog in Ohio

    I wonder if a certain commenter even knows what a dictator is. I wonder if said commenter is aware that there was an election in November, 2008 and his side lost. I wonder if Tea Wingers think that elections are passe'.

    July 20, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. someone

    Geecee - So has this Barrack.Husssein.Obam America's-Incompetent DICTATOR charachter. By the way angry republican guy, they lie on both sides of the line. Find a better argument.

    July 20, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. montag

    Thank God for Progressives!

    July 20, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Don

    Obama is not a leftist dictator, commie, or nazi! Elena Kagan definitely knows the law and its her life's calling! Its no surprise to me that she would take the promotion from the Dean of Harvard's Law School to become a Supreme Court Justice. Hopefully, the laws will protect those that are governed by them-Elana Kagan will do great things to promote that!

    July 20, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Angie in Denver

    Republicans are just useless!
    Good for nothing useless wingnuts.

    July 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. steph in TX

    Go, Ms. Kagan! Here's to another sane voice on the bench to counter the conservatives who want us to go back in time!

    July 20, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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