Wednesday, May 12, 2010

RPV Chairman Pat Mullins Comments on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee

On Monday Republican state party chairman Pat Mullins reacted to the news that President Obama chose liberal attorney Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. She is a hard lefty, whose qualification are scant at best. She has never been a judge, and her writings, which can be found, make her look like a committed ideologue. You wonder how Webb and Warner will justify voting to confirm her, if they do end up voting for her. My guess is they won't say no to Obama, and will vote to confirm Kagan, but we shall see.

Here is Pat's statement:

"Unlike every other current member of the high court, Elena Kagan has never been a judge on any court. She has virtually no legal paper trail to show Senators how she views the role of the judiciary or her interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. She issued no decision, wrote no opinions. Until she was appointed to her present post, Kagan hadn't even argued before an appellate court.
The only real insight we have into Kagan's legal thinking is an amicus brief she signed while Dean of Harvard Law School, in which she defended the practice of banning military recruiters from college campuses. While that insight is limited, it is troubling.
At a time when Americans are more concerned than ever about the Federal government intruding into their daily lives, I think Virginians will have some real concerns about her ability to serve as a genuine check on an out-of-control Washington, D.C. and strictly adhere to the U.S. Constitution. I call on Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb to ask the tough questions and get some real answers about her judicial philosophy, rather than simply rubber stamp President Obama's nominee.
Solicitor General Elena Kagan is for the most part a legal blank slate - an uncertain gamble for the Senate to take given the high court's life tenure, and something that Senators Warner and Webb need to seriously consider."


Anonymous said...

How can you say Elena Kagan lacks experience? As a law clerk for Thurogood Marshall, one of Ms Kagan's duties was taking notes during arguments while the legendary justice napped.

Virginia Gentleman said...

I forgot she worked for Marshall. Heck that alone is enough reason to vote against her. Even Marshall admitted that he didn't follow the law or Constitution.

Anonymous said...

Thurgood Marshall was known for fancying soap operas and taking siestas while letting his law clerks do all the "heavy work." Sure he was "legendary" for being first black Supreme Court justice but one strains to find evidence of judicial temperament in his jurisprudence.

Virginia Gentleman said...

In the name of political correctness Baltimore named its airport after Marshall. Instead, of naming it after the Baltimore politician, Thomas J. D'Alesandro, Jr, who had it built.

Anonymous said...

I think it's a bad idea to name any building or structure after a politician or government official. I also have visceral dislike for monuments honoring political figures, especially when built with public monies.

Like most I still call the airport BWI. "BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport" is a mouthfull.