United States Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) today said that he would vote against President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan.
“As with her nomination to serve as Solicitor General, I remain concerned about Elena Kagan’s record,” the conservative Republican said. “Now as a nominee to the Supreme Court, her lack of judicial experience and her interpretation of the Constitution also play an important role in my decision to once again oppose her nomination. The position for which she has been nominated has lifetime tenure, and it is concerning that the President has placed such trust in a nominee that has not been properly vetted through a judicial career, having worked mostly in academia and never before as a judge.”
Inhofe explained that “while her service as the Dean of Harvard Law School is an impressive credential, decisions she made in that role demonstrated poor judgment.” For instance, she “banned the U.S. military from recruiting on campus, an issue very important to me. She took the issue even further when she joined with other law school officials in a lawsuit to overturn the Solomon amendment, which was adopted by Congress to ensure that schools could not deny military recruiters access to college campuses.” Kagan even went so far as to “an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in Rumsfeld v. F.A.I.R opposing the Amendment,” Inhofe said, arguing it was unconstitutional.
Lastly, Inhofe said that he is “also concerned about the seeming contempt she has demonstrated in her comments about the Senate confirmation process as well as her lack of impartiality when it comes to those who disagree with her position.”
As DiscoverTheNetworks‘ profile on Kagan makes perfectly clear, Inhofe is right to feel queasy about her candidacy. Our leftist friends from the mainstream media may call her a moderate, but I’m afraid she’s anything but. She’s about as left-wing as they come – which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that Obama could very well be the most progressive president in history. I mean, why would a radical progressive head of state nominate a moderate to the nation’s highest court?