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Graham right and wrong about Kagan

Posted by James McPherson on July 20, 2010

Not surprisingly in this political climate, the Senate Judiciary Committee vote today to approve the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court split mostly along party lines.

Perhaps the one surprise is that Sen. Lindsey Graham (no, not that Lindsay, despite her disproportional share of the news this morning–some spoiled witless women apparently are far more “newsworthy” being sentenced in court than are those who would serve on the court) voted for Kagan.

Lindsey’s correct rationale, as when he voted for Justice Sonia Sotomayor last year, is that “elections have consequences, and senators should be deferential to presidential nominating decisions.” Perhaps he’ll remember that “consequences” thing with his next filibuster vote, though I doubt it.

Of course Graham is wrong in terming Kagan a liberal. Like every new appointee for decades, she will be more conservative than the justice she replaces, doing little or nothing to continue the court’s activist slide to the right.

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