Saturday, July 3, 2010

Phony Supreme Court confirmation hearings

A poised Elena Kagan on Tuesday spent the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing fending off Republican efforts to paint her as a liberal activist, saying she’d be a fair, open-minded justice and refusing to call herself a "legal progressive."

"I honestly don't know what that label means," she said.

However, when Kagan was asked later where she stood politically, she said she'd been a Democrat all her life and that "my political views are generally progressive."'

Judicial confirmation hearings have become a game - - the nominees try to avoid giving their opponents any ammunition, and their opponents try to catch the nominees in misstatements. So, we end up with Kagan denying she knows what "progressive" means, while describing herself as "progressive".

Ultimately, the vote will be on straight party lines. Democrats have 59 seats out of 100. Why not just tell the truth?

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