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The Party of Preemptive No

Once again, the GOP formulated their talking points against the Supreme Court nominee before Obama had even named the nominee.

© Drew Sheneman

When Elena Kagan was nominated, Republicans attacked her because she has never been a judge. Ironically, Kagan was nominated by then-president Clinton to be a judge on the Court of Appeals, but in a brazen stalling tactic even for the Party of No, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican chairman Orrin Hatch refused to even schedule a confirmation hearing for her. So the Republicans are attacking her for something that is their own fault.

Besides, historically, many Supreme Court justices have not previously been judges.

If you want to keep score on Kagan’s nomination, Media Matters is keeping a complete list of the various myths (i.e., lies) that are being spread about her, and provides the actual facts.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    I realized that if you are a Republican in Congress, you have a much easier job than the others. If you are going to vote “no” anyway, why bother reading the bill?

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 6:46 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    As a GOP lawmaker,
    all I need to know:
    if Obama is for it,
    then I vote no.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  3. Sammy wrote:

    If Obama could raise Rehnquist from the grave as his SCOTUS nominee and then raise Reagan and make him an economic czar (oops! bad word!), Republicans would vote no.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink
  4. Falkelord wrote:

    lol @ sammy.

    so true man, so true. They would call Reagan “not conservative enough” i guarantee it.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink