Kagan confirmed 63-37

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Hat Tip: By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan Thursday as the Supreme Court’s 112th justice and the fourth woman in its history, granting a lifetime term to a lawyer and academic with a reputation for brilliance, a dry sense of humor and a liberal bent.

The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed

Justice Elena Kagan

retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat and the Senate’s two independents to support Kagan.

Kagan watched the vote with her Justice Department colleagues in the solicitor general’s conference room, the White House said.

Obama, traveling in Chicago, said her confirmation was an affirmation of her character and judicial temperament, and called the addition of another woman to the court a sign of progress for the country.

Kagan is the first Supreme Court nominee in nearly 40 years with no experience as a judge, and her swearing-in will mark the first time in history that three women will serve on the nine-member court together.

Her lack of judicial experience was the stated reason for one fence-sitting Republican, Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, to announce his opposition to Kagan’s confirmation Thursday, just hours before the vote.

“The best umpires, to use the popular analogy, must not only call balls and strikes, but also have spent enough time on the playing field to know the strike zone,” Brown said.

In my skeptical opinion, Scott Brown cast a political vote wholly without merit in order to preserve his future political viability as a Republican presidential candidate.

10 thoughts on “Kagan confirmed 63-37

  1. rikyrah

    1. good to see you back.
    2. pink is SOOOOO not your color. can we get a redesign.
    3. looking forward to your commentary about the Kilpatrick loss.

  2. Franko, when one of the conservative judges retire, you can expect a nasty fight in the Senate over who Obama picks next time around because one of those conservative is gonna retire sooner or later.

  3. Mark

    Really. Is this the best you got?

    A subversively black whatever. What the fuck does that mean? You reprint some tripe… women are great? mama, baby, crib?

    I look at this site to get pulse on white/black relations in this country. And this ain’t cuttin it for me. Talk to me.

    Since pink is your new color, tell me, what’s the black pulse on prop 8?

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