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Old 05-07-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default Giuliani: momentum to propel Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States

Great news! Ms. Kagan appears to apply a rather liberal approach with regard to social issues, while applying a more moderate approach with regard to economic freedoms.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/0..._n_567456.html

President Obama is expected to nominate Solicitor General and former Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, Mike Allen reports.
Kagan has long considered the frontrunner to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, even as questions have emerged about the limited public record of her legal opinions and how she compares ideologically to Stevens, a Gerald Ford appointee who has nonetheless been the high court's flagship liberal justice for decades. President Obama seems to have few doubts, however, Allen reports.
"The pick isn't official, but top White House aides will be shocked if it's otherwise," Allen says. "Kagan's relative youth (50) is a huge asset for the lifetime post. And President Obama considers her to be a persuasive, fearless advocate who would serve as an intellectual counterweight to Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia, and could lure swing Justice Kennedy into some coalitions."
The White House may leak the news as early as this weekend, according to Allen.

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Current Position: U.S. Solicitor General (since March 2009)
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on the liftime thing: is there any way these people can get "voted out of office" at all? and if so, how?
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on the liftime thing: is there any way these people can get "voted out of office" at all?
No.

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Under normal circumstances, a Supreme Court justice is awarded a lifetime commission.

A Supreme Court Justice may be impeached by the House of Representatives and removed from office if convicted in a Senate trial, but only for the same types of offenses that would trigger impeachment proceedings for any other government official under Articles I and II of the Constitution.

Article III, Section 1 states that judges of Article III courts shall hold their offices "during good behavior." "The phrase "good behavior" has been interpreted by the courts to equate to the same level of seriousness 'high crimes and misdemeanors" encompasses.

In addition, any federal judge may prosecuted in the criminal courts for criminal activity. If found guilty of a crime in a federal district court, the justice would face the same type of sentencing any other criminal defendant would. The district court could not remove him/her from the Bench. However, any justice found guilty in the criminal courts of any felony would certainly be impeached and, if found guilty, removed from office.

In the United States, impeachment is most often used to remove corrupt lower-court federal judges from office, but it's not unusual to find disgruntled special interest groups circulating petitions on the internet calling for the impeachment of one or all members of the High Court.
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Rumors are in circulation regarding Ms. Kagan's sexuality. To the extent that such a factor is significant, one can't help but consider it an advantageous one. Ms. Kagan's academic credentials are impeccable, and it would be great were she to be confirmed, as she would bring forth astuteness and diversity.
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It would be interesting to see if the Republicans would choose to be obstructionist about this nomination, were it to take place - there's a school of thought that at this point they will choose to try and obstruct virtually anybody.
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scoobs, you are into american politics?

I think it is great to have a women in the seat! STOP WORRYING ABOUT HER SEXUALITY! It doesnt matter!
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It would be interesting to see if the Republicans would choose to be obstructionist about this nomination, were it to take place - there's a school of thought that at this point they will choose to try and obstruct virtually anybody.
Elena Kagan is regarded as the least controversial candidate, primarily due to the fact that very little dirt can be found that would indicate views contrary to the mainstream. It's not out of the question, but Republicans will find it difficult to provide justification for doing so.

Also, I'm fairly sure that a vote or two could be mustered. Perhaps in the form of, say, Lindsey Graham who voted in favor of Justice Sotomayor.
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Republicans will put up just a token fight. Whoever Obama picked would be confirmed anyways since they only need to pick off 1 Republican vote. I'm skeptical about her but will withhold judgment until the confirmation hearings get underway.
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I'm skeptical about her
And what part of her record has elicited your skepticism ?
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watch glenn beck digging up something.
Glenn Beck would dig up dirt on anyone, Republican, Democrat or otherwise. He's an equal-opportunity critic.

Some of his opinions need to be said, though.

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And what part of her record has elicited your skepticism ?
I'm not very familiar with her record which is why I'm withholding judgment. However, I'm skeptical because she's been nominated by Obama, and I'm going to be skeptical of anything he does after the "stimulus" and health-care debacles. Hell, I'm going to be skeptical of pretty much anything coming out of DC these days, whether it's produced by a Republican or Democrat.
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