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The Who of Kagan


Excerpts from Kagan’s opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee are available here

Two notes: 1.  Her final remarks could be different, but in the excerpts she does not mention Harvard by name.  Perhaps she was advised that bouncing between Cambridge, Manhattan, and D.C. undermined the White House’s mantra that she will be The People’s Justice. 

2.  Like Sotomayor, Kagan is embracing the terminology of the Right.  According to Kagan, “what the Supreme Court does is to safeguard the rule of law, through a commitment to even-handedness, principle, and restraint.”  In the immortal words of The Who, “Don’t get fooled again.”

Tags: Elena Kagan , Opening Statement , Senate , Supreme Court


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