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Judicial Crisis Network

Statement from Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network

President Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.  Obama wants to pack the court with reliable liberal votes to rubber-stamp an agenda that he knows the American people would not accept.  What better way than to appoint a loyalist from his own Department of Justice with a thin public record to advance his leftist legacy through the Court.

Ever since her efforts to get on the D.C. Circuit were stymied for fear of her extremist views, Kagan has bent over backwards to avoid taking public positions on hot-button topics.  Except when she can’t help herself, like when she banned military recruiters during wartime from Harvard Law School because their Democrat-initiated “don’t ask don’t tell” policy was, in her words, “a moral injustice of the first order.”

Senators have a solemn duty to thoroughly examine each nominee’s views and to reject those who would not fairly apply the law, but would redefine it to accommodate their own values and beliefs.  In the past Solicitor General Kagan has advocated Senate hearings that thoroughly examine a nominee’s judicial philosophy; senators must hold her to her own standard, particularly given the scant record of her personal viewpoints she has carefully maintained.  Nothing less than the Constitution itself is at stake.