GOP Signals Its Anti-Kagan Agenda
Even before Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan gave her opening remarks, Republicans were ready to oppose her.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (pictured with Kagan and Judiciary Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy), ranking Republican on the panel, said he had “serious concerns about this nomination,” citing both Miss Kagan’s lack of judicial and courtroom experience compared to recent nominees and what he said was her tendency to mix politics and policy with the law.
“No individual — nominated by a president of either party — should be confirmed as a judge if he or she does not understand that the judge’s role is to fairly settle disputes of law, and not to set policy for the nation,” Mr. Sessions said.
Kagan signaled deference to Congress in her opening remarks.
“The Supreme Court, of course, has the responsibility of ensuring that our government never oversteps its proper bounds or violates the rights of individuals. But the Court must also recognize the limits on itself and respect the choices made by the American people,” according to excerpts of her statement released in advance by the White House.
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