Today, during a very violent thunderstorm, the senate confirmed Elana Kagan to be our next supreme court justice. Kagan who has no judicial experience will be sworn in on Saturday. While it is great that that court will have a third woman sitting on the bench, is not the choice of conservatives.
We don't have a great trail to see how she will vote, yet we can pretty much guess. She will vote along the liberal voting bloc of the court down the line. I can't imagine her every stepping outside of that box, regardless of the case in front of her. Sotomayor told the senate that gun rights is settled law, yet voted against it the first chance she got. Kagan will be no different.
Five republicans crossed party lines to vote for her confirmation. With the current make up the senate, at least one had to.
Lindsey Graham Olympia Snowe Susan Collins Judd Gregg Richard Lugar
The only real surprise in this is many people expected Scott Brown to cross over party lines and approve her vote and Lugar. The other four are par for the course of their voting histories. Another surprise was Ben Nelson crossing party lines and voting nay. I think that this has to do with his health care vote more than anything else. He has already upset the people who will re-elect him, so this seems like nothing more than appeasement. It also becomes pretty easy knowing that she would get in anyway.
I happen to believe that Kagan was the best of the bunch that was on the short list, but it certainly isn't good news. I wonder if Justice Ginsberg is reading the tea leaves and will announce her retirement before the mid term elections which will most certainly put Obama in a position to nominate someone that will have to garner more republican support in order to be confirmed.
A belief in the written constitution. The belief that we are responsible for ourselves and for our families. The belief that we are allowed to fail. The belief in a strong national defense are a few of the things that make me just a conservative girl.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
"I say this not to the teachers, but to their unions: If education were a war, you would be losing it. If it were a business, you would be driving it into bankruptcy. If it were a patient, it would be dying." Bob Dole
Yes, House Republicans have been in power for 5 hours and they have not passed their entire agenda. The New York Times things they should be canned and Democrats put back in charge. Don Surber
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"So I say huzzah to the 112th congress for reading the Constitution, for acting like it matters. It does. The Constitution may not be sacred, but the sacred has no better friend than the Constitution." Pat Archibold
"53% of Democrats have a postive view of socialism. 100% of republicans think those 53% are morons." Mark Levin
"Corrupt the young. Get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness." First plank of the communist strategy for revolution - confiscated in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1919
"If you believe this isn't going to cost the government anything, you are likely to see leprechauns riding on unicorns with pots of gold circling the capitol" Rep. Devin Nunes, CA-21 on healthcare "reform".
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views". William F. Buckley, Jr.
"The Republicans were laughing and waving the American flag, and I thought that was ourtrageous behavior" Maxine Waters
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." Norman Thomas
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress. Frederick Douglas
Don't go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves. Harriet Tubman
But I think the most important thing I have figured out was how not to lose hope even when things are bad and it feels like it won't get better. It will get better. You just have to keep working at it and moving forward. Homeless & Conservative
The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. Vladimer Lenin
There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. F.A. Hayek