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Elena Kagan Confirmation Vote

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(July 20)--The "ayes" have it.

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee surprised no one and voted to advance Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court to a full vote on the Senate floor. Thirteen Senators voted in favor of Kagan, and six against.

Only Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) crossed party lines, giving Kagan his approval.

"No one spent more time trying to beat President Obama than I did except maybe Senator McCain," Graham said in explaining his vote. "But I understood -- we lost, President Obama won. The Constitution in my view puts an requirement on me not to replace my judgment for his."

That reasoning certainly didn't influence other Republican members of the committee.

Alabama's Jeff Sessions, for instance, declared that Kagan possesses "serious judgmental flaws and errors."

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn termed Kagan "ignorant" of portions of the U.S. Constitution.

Texas' John Cornyn called Kagan's answers to the Judiciary Committee "evasive."

Orin Hatch, the Senator from Utah, was the first to announce he would vote against Kagan. He cited Kagan's relative lack of experience, as well as what he believed an inclination to become an "activist judge," as his reasons for withholding his support.

Despite Republican opposition, however, Tuesday's vote all but assures Kagan's appointment to the Supreme Court when it moves to the full Senate.

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Kagan seems like a good moderate choice. We don't need extremists on the Supreme Court. Respect for precedents and common law, and sensible application of the Constitution, are more important than prior judicial experience.

June 23 2010 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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