On Monday, May 10th President Barack Obama made public his choice for Supreme Court nominee. Obama elected Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens in the Supreme Court.
According to Reuters, Barack Obama referred to Elena Kagan as, “A consensus-builder who has championed the rights of ordinary citizens.” Facts from Wikipedia show that if Kagan is voted into the court as a Supreme Court Judge she will be the 112th Justice instated in the U.S. Supreme Court. Out of these 112, she will only be the 4th female Supreme Court Judge in history and the 8th Jewish justice on the Supreme Court bench.
I believe Barack Obama’s choice for electing Elena Kagan was a good choice and agree with his nomination because I believe Elena Kagan would make an intelligent and fair Supreme Court judge.
Considering that New York born Kagan not only attended and graduated with high degree diplomas from Harvard Law School, Oxford University and was given was one the highest awards while attending Princeton; this makes Elena Kagan more than qualified in my eyes. Not only did Kagan attend Harvard as a student, but she was also the dean of Harvard Law School at Harvard University. She also worked as a law school professor at the University of Chicago Law School, but on top of all other diplomas, awards and honors Elena Kagan has White House experience. To my memory Kagan was in office along with President Bill Clinton, confirming this official position on Kagan’s biography on Wikipedia, it states she provided as associate White House counsel during Clinton’s reign in office.
Kagan still young for the task at hand being only 50 years old, yet I still wonder if Kagan’s Justice career is just beginning or if it is coming to an end? This could be a new beginning for Elena Kagan, and she could rise to presidential standards once again, but has her time in the limelight past? We will just have to wait and find out. I am curious to see the outcome of her future at hand. Is she prepared for this life term position?
If I had the opportunity to ask Elena Kagan three questions during her Supreme Court nominee confirmation hearing I would ask her these three questions.
1. President Obama has elected you as the Supreme Court nominee along with the advice and consent of the Senate. If you Elena Kagan, were instated into the Supreme Court bench what aspect or experiences from your past do you believe will give you guidance and remain as the backbone of your modus operandi, when you are first faced with a difficult borderline decision in an important court case?
2. How do you personally feel about the death penalty? Do you support and believe in capital punishment and do you believe this act should be brought forward and used in more cases in the United States or do you believe the death penalty should be abolished?
3. In the cases of a presidential impeachment, how would you respond and would this ever cause you to step down from Supreme Court Justice?
During this confirmation hearing, if I were able to ask these questions. I would expect to hear honest and in depth answers. For the first question I would like to hear what really has effected her career from her opinion. For the second question, I would expect to hear a clear yes or no answer on how she feels about the capital punishment and if placed in the position of Supreme Court Justice I would expect her to follow through with her answer on this topic and stick to her initial reaction and answer she gave in this confirmation hearing. Lastly, I would like to hear her response on an unexpected Presidential impeachment and how she would respond.
I personally believe Elena Kagan would honor our country as a Supreme Court Judge, not just as a figure of Justice but also as a proud Jewish American woman. Only time will tell if Kagan is instated as a Supreme Court Justice but one thing is for sure. She has my support along with many Americans, the Senate and President Barack Obama.
Caren Bohan and Steve Holland, “Obama to Nominee Kagan For Supreme Court”, Reuters
Free Encyclopedia, “Elena Kagan”, Wikipedia