I learned that Elena Kagan was an agent for Planned Parenthood's Partial Birth Abortion Initiative for many, many, many years. I popped into Keegan's Pub for a cool refreshing Soda Water and lime and heard Smash McKenna remark on the Elena Kagan hearings - 'You'd think that Lady KaGa was George Carlin listening to these mopes on MSNBC and NPR.' Lady KaGA? 'Yeah, Hick, This Kagan twist who likes to send babies to Heaven before they breath air,' Oh, that Lady KaGa!
After cooling the pipes, I headed to gas-up at BP on 103rd and I turned on tax-payer funded NPR the Pravda of Progressives. It was The Elena Kagan -Lady KaGA - Love fest!
NPR Learned that Elena Kagan -Abortion's Lady KaGa* - is really funny, likes Chinese food, and quiet walks with chickens like Arlen Specter.
NPR's hand picked cheer leading squad joined Neal Conan in Lady KaGa gushing-
David Savage, Supreme Court correspondent, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune
Gloria Browne-Marshall, associate professor, City University of New York
John McGinnis, professor, Northwestern University
CONAN: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. An NPR News special: excerpts from the confirmation hearing of President Obama's pick to join the Supreme Court. Republicans and Democrats alike acknowledge that Solicitor General Kagan is likely to be confirmed for the court. Senators expect to wrap up their questions for the nominee late today, before moving on to other panels of witnesses.
As we've heard, Solicitor General Kagan has been careful to avoid revealing many of her views on specific issues. Republican Jeff Sessions, among others, complain that Kagan's careful answers make it difficult to determine what kind of judge she may be. More of her words in a moment.
David Savage is with us. He covers the Supreme Court for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. One the issues that has come up is executive power and when the witnesses have the right to be told of their Miranda rights in the context of terrorism investigations. There was an exchange with Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican from South Carolina, when he asked the nominee about Christmas Day. She assumed that he meant the investigation of the alleged Christmas Day bomber. That wasn't quite where he was going.
Senator LINDSEY GRAHAM (Republican, South Carolina): I just asked you where you were at on Christmas.
(Soundbite of laughter)
Ms. KAGAN: You know, like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant.
(Soundbite of laughter)
Sen. GRAHAM: Great answer.
CONAN: The lighter moments of the hearing, and David Savage, I guess a nominee has to be very careful, but in two very long days of answering questions, you can't help for your personality to come out.
Mr. SAVAGE: Yeah. Elena Kagan has a very sharp sense of humor. (Unintelligible) sometimes - it is careful, being in the Supreme Court, not to make too many jokes and put the justices on the spot. But she's very quick with the comebacks.
CONAN: Getting back to some of the more serious issues, Senator Jeff Sessions pressed Kagan again on another topic, this about, well, her approach. He was trying to get her a definition of whether she would be in accord with his idea of what an Obama nominee would be.
Ms. KAGAN: Senator Sessions, it's absolutely the case that I have served in two Democratic administrations, and I think...
Sen. SESSIONS: No, but I'm asking, do you agree with the characterization that you are a legal progressive?
Ms. KAGAN: Senator Sessions, I honestly don't know what that label means. I've worked in two Democratic administrations. Senator Graham suggested yesterday, and I think he's right, that you can tell something about me and my political views from that. But as I suggested to you, that my political views are one thing and...
Like all Americans I plan to celebrate 4th of July with a big plate full of spicy Moo Shu Pork from Jiang's Chinese Kitchen on 111th & Talman. Our next Supreme Court Justice has no problem with Partial Birth Abortions.
NPR gets my tax dollars and still manages to insult me and most other Americans 24/7.
* One guy says no to Lady KaGA
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced Friday he “cannot support” Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court because of her political views.Good on you, Bub!
Hatch, a member of the Judiciary Committee, accused Kagan of endorsing an “activist judicial philosophy” and said he was “surprised when she encouraged us at the hearing simply to discard or ignore certain parts of her record.” He cited her position in the Clinton administration on partial-birth abortions and her role at Harvard Law School, where he said Kagan “blocked the access by military recruiters.”
“The law must control the judge; the judge must not control the law,” Hatch said in a statement. “I have concluded that, based on evidence rather than blind faith, General Kagan regrettably does not meet this standard.”
Hatch said Kagan’s two years of experience in “private legal practice” was not enough to make up for no experience as a judge; he said Supreme Court justices with no judicial experiences had an average of 21 years in private practice. “The fact that her experience is instead academic and political only magnifies my emphasis on judicial philosophy as the most important qualification for judicial service,” Hatch said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) also announced they would oppose Kagan's nomination.