Friday, June 25, 2010

Elena Kagan: The Jewish & Israeli angle

When she was first nominated, ynet's DC reporter - an avid reader plagiarist from Huffington Post blog - presented her nomination as some kind of a trophy to Jewish community and Israel. Some signal that just like a 'wise Latina', we will have a wise 'Hebrina' - and we had better like it and support Democrats from here to eternity in thanks.


First this: Jewish Clergy Group: Elena Kagan Isn't ‘Kosher’ to Serve on Supreme Court or as Drudge titled it:
850 Rabbis 'Take No Pride' in Kagan Nomination: 'Flame Throwing Radical' Would Speed US 'Into Sodom and Gommorah'...

Great.Next, this:
Elena Kagan: Aharon Barak my judicial hero
The New York Times reported Friday morning that Republican and conservative elements have been trying to hurt the chances of US President Barack's Obama's candidate for the Supreme Court, using a statement she made four years ago in favor of retired Israeli Supreme Court President Aharon Barak.

According to the report, in 2006, during her term as dean of Harvard Law School, Elena Kagan introduced Judge Barak during an award ceremony as “my judicial hero.” She added, “He is the judge or justice in my lifetime whom, I think, best represents and has best advanced the values of democracy and human rights, of the rule of law and of justice.”

The White House explained that Kagan was simply welcoming back a former student; Judge Barak studied at Harvard in the 1960s. But Kagan’s opponents have rolled out Judge Barak — “the other Barack,” as some call him in reference to President Obama — as Exhibit A in the case against her.

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday called Kagan’s introduction “very troubling” and suggested it “might provide real insight into her approach to the law.”

On Wednesday, Judge Robert Bork, whose own Supreme Court nomination in 1987 resulted in a Senate vote against confirmation, said Judge Barak “may be the worst judge on the planet, the most activist,” and argued that Kagan’s admiration for him is “disqualifying in and of itself.”

It seems this declaration brings more negatives to her nomination, read the whole article.

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