( – promoted by mooncat)
GOP unlikely to filibuster against Kagan nomination
By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 5-17-2010
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is unlikely to face a GOP filibuster but should expect difficult questions from lawmakers who will decide whether she deserves the lifetime appointment despite having no judicial experience, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican said Sunday. “The filibuster should be relegated to the extreme circumstances, and I don’t think Elena Kagan represents that,” said Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he hoped to have Kagan on the bench this summer, succeeding retiring Justice John Paul Stevens well ahead of the new term that begins in October. GOP senators are placing great weight on her testimony in determining the fate of President Obama’s second nominee for the high court. At issue is her lack of a judicial paper trail. Kagan is now solicitor general, the top government lawyer who argues the administration’s cases before the Supreme Court, and was dean of Harvard Law School. She has never been a judge.
“She has so little other record, this is going to be a big deal,” said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the committee’s top Republican.
Republicans want to know “whether she will lay her political beliefs aside when she’s deciding cases and decide those cases strictly based upon the facts and the law of the case,” Kyl said.
With pious lips pursed, he said that Republicans are eager to find out “whether she will lay her political beliefs aside when she’s deciding cases and decide those cases strictly based upon the facts and the law of the cases.”
It’s a wonder he didn’t burble his last breath, drowning in the swamp of his hypocrisy, with the likes of John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito currently serving up a poisonous stew of politically-charged judgments from the court. Ugh!!!!!Swine!