Elena Kagan – Where Are the Qualifications? (6/29/10) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Elena Kagan – Where Are the Qualifications? (6/29/10)

Most political pundits seem to regard the eventual appointment of Elena Kagan as the Supreme Court's newest Justice as a virtual sure thing. And that troubles me.

While Ms. Kagan is obviously intelligent, she's never served as a judge at any level. And even her record as a practicing attorney is notoriously thin for someone hoping to fill such a lofty post. From an experience standpoint, she's probably the least qualified person to be nominated to the Court in my lifetime.

As a member of the Clinton White House political staff, it was perfectly fine for Ms. Kagan to use her skills as a partisan advocate and policymaker. That was her job.

But being a Supreme Court Justice demands exactly the opposite. We don't need activist Justices creating new law. We need people who are able to accurately and consistently interpret and apply the law as written. And I have serious doubts about Ms. Kagan's ability to do that.

If – as I suspect -- Ms. Kagan's nomination is nothing more than an attempt by the Obama administration to tilt the Court in an activist liberal direction, the Senate has a responsibility to exercise due diligence and thoroughly vet her qualifications. This is no time for an automatic rubber-stamp approval.

But what do you think? Call and let us know.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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