As Elena Kagan begins her necessary round of meetings with key Senators, Republicans are already getting desperate.
First, they slammed her for not having any judicial experience. But that backfired because, it turns out, they’re the ones who filibustered her appointment to the bench by President Clinton. The same crowd can’t deny her the chance to serve and then attack her for not serving.
So, now they’ve rolled out an equally mindless argument, claiming she’s anti-military, if not anti-American, for blocking military recruitments at Harvard Law School.
In this case, they simply have their facts wrong.
When she became Dean of the Law School, Kagan did, in fact, continue an existing policy which banned the Pentagon from working with the school’s Office of Career Services – because of the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy.
But recruitment on campus never stopped. It went on, instead, under the auspices of the Harvard Law School Veterans Association – which Kagan never interfered with.
Hey, every Supreme Court nominee deserves close scrutiny and tough questioning.
But if this is the best Republicans have against Elena Kagan, they’d better quit now – and confirm her unanimously.
That’s my parting shot for today.