Kagan vote delayed

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky questioned Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on a series of notes she had written while serving as a political adviser in the Clinton administration.

On one page, Kagan scribbled that a proposed ban on soft-money donations would “affects Repubs, not Dems!” McConnell rightly seized on these documents to question whether “Ms. Kagan’s work in the Clinton White House reveals a woman who was committed to advancing a political agenda — a woman who was less concerned about objectively analyzing the law than the ways in which the law could be used to advance a political goal.”

For this, McConnell was savaged in most liberal news outlets.

This marks quite a shocking turn of events. Just remember the chilling fire Janice Rodgers Brown was consumed by when she was nominated by President Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The Senate Judiciary Committee was poignantly ruthless in its attack against her, which seemed much more personal than anything else.

Brown is a woman who is willing to uphold the principles of this country that she so stringently embraces. She was uninhibitedly attacked for her suggestion that Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal infected the public with an “underground collectivist mentality.” Pundits accused her of being a backward-thinking woman who was turning her back on her own race — and Democratic pundits didn’t stop there.

I am not arguing that there is anything wrong with this. As I remember it, Brown was on the fringe of removing herself from the highly coveted position. Yet she found the miraculous strength to face a vicious attack by the opposition. This is the type of leader America is known for and deserves.

The bottom line is that Americans eagerly desire to understand what politicians are craftily trying to slip past them. We have had enough of the deceit. And believe that everyone, whether ally or opposition, if put into a position of power presiding over the American people, should be forced to answer the tough questions. If you can’t answer them, then gracefully bow out!


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