I was in the East Room of the White House on Monday when President Obama announced his nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.
There was not the excitement that greeted his nomination, last year, of Sonia Sotomayor. But everybody knew one thing for certain: Kagan WILL be confirmed as the newest member of the Supreme Court. No doubt about it.
Her legal resume is exceptional: professor of law at the University of Chicago; worked in the White House and the U.S. Senate; Dean of the Harvard Law School; and Solicitor General of the United States.
In response to which brain-dead Republicans like Mitch McConnell can only complain: “Yeah, but she’s never served as a judge.”
Which is really laugh-out-loud funny, considering:
- Chief Justice William Rehnquist never served as a judge before joining the Supreme Court.
- Neither did Chief Justices John Marshall or Earl Warren.
- And neither did one-third of all Supreme Court justices, including legendary Louis Brandeis.
In fact, given the horrible decisions the Court has made recently, having no prior judicial experience is clearly an advantage!
That’s my parting shot for today.