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SG Nominee Kagan Reported Out of Committee


This morning the nomination of Elena Kagan to be Solicitor General was reported out of committee.


Of the eight committee Republicans (Specter, Hatch, Grassley, Kyl, Sessions, Graham, Cornyn, and Coburn), only two voted in favor of Kagan’s nomination.  See if you can guess which two. 


I don’t know how to do those nifty “below the fold” posts, so stop reading here until you’ve made your guesses.




Believe it or not, the two Republicans who voted for Kagan’s nomination were Jon Kyl, the Republican whip, and Tom Coburn, known by some as “Dr. No”.  In light of Kagan’s failure to respond to questions, Specter, Hatch, and Graham voted “pass”, and Grassley, Sessions, and Cornyn voted no.  


I’ll limit myself for now to the observation that Kyl’s and Coburn’s support for a nominee that no other committee Republican supported is ample proof that Senate Republicans are in abject disarray.  Really pathetic and discouraging.

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