Surprise! Cro-Magnon’s Opposed To Elena Kagan

For those interested, Media Matters has a long post addressing every possible objection to the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Now, I was hoping that Obama would pick Diane Wood, a liberal jurist beyond any doubt, but, alas, our side is not as willing to defend liberalism as I would wish.

The troubling thing about Kagan is that so many conservatives seem to praise her, which makes me suspicious of her liberal credentials, but there are the usual conservative suspects, the Hannitys and Limbaughs and their Cro-Magnon constituencies, who will twist and distort her bona fides until they are unrecognizable.

In any case, here is a list of links to Media Matters research:

Myth: Kagan’s policies on military recruiters make her “an anti-military zealot” and an extremist on social issues

Myth: Kagan is “radical”

Myth: Kagan’s thesis shows she’s a socialist

Myth: “Kagan Standard” means Kagan must answer questions about issues that will come before the Supreme Court

Myth: Kagan’s Goldman Sachs role taints her nomination

Myth: Conservative opposition is based on the substance of Kagan’s nomination

Myth: Obama used “empathy” standard rather than fealty to law in choosing Kagan

Myth: Kagan is unqualified because she hasn’t been a judge

Myth: Kagan has said judicial experience is an “apparent necessity”

Myth: Kagan’s record shows that she will rubber-stamp war-on-terror policies

Myth: Republicans would be justified in opposing Kagan because she lacks a judicial paper trail

Myth: Kagan’s 23-year-old statements about the Establishment Clause suggest she’s hostile to religion

Myth: Kagan’s recusal obligations would be “extraordinary”

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