Confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan begin Monday. One of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee is South Carolina U.S. Lindsey Graham. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Graham says Kagan is highly qualified bus she will have to field some tough questions:
The one thing that bugs me about her is that she embraces Judge Barak of Israel as her “judicial hero.” The way he thinks and the way he writes tells me she embraces liberal activism not mainstream liberalism and she will have to explain that in order to get my vote. It will be a problem for moderate democrats as well.
Judge Aharon Barak served as President of the Supreme Court of Israel from 1995 to 2006.
Graham says Kagan will likely be confirmed unless she commits a major gaffe during some intensive questioning from the committee.
This policy at Harvard of not allowing military recruiters to come to the law school is going to be problematic for most Americans. She is going to have to explain that. She is well qualified , but she has a lot to answer for. To my conservative friends, President Obama won the election and you should expect liberals to be picked (for the Supreme Court) by Obama, but you should expect us to do our job and that is to not replace our judgement for his to make sure that she is qualified and not an activist, and that is what we’ll both do.
A number of GOP members leery about Kagan because has never served on the judicial bench.