In her official statement, Senator Murkowski expressed appreciation for Kagan’s talents as a law teacher and acknowledged her great command of Supreme Court precedents. But the money quote, according to Hot Air:
“Ms. Kagan, like this administration’s last nominee, Justice Sotomayor, is a native of New York City. Although she spent a portion of her career in Chicago, most of her career has been spent ‘inside the beltway’ of Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Massachusetts on the campus of Harvard University,” Murkowski said. “If confirmed, six of the nine Supreme Court Justices will be from the Northeast United States, and only three law schools of the 199 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association will be represented on the high court-Harvard, Yale and Columbia law schools.”
Bingo! The elite who rule America believe coastal, or "blue" America, is the only source of wisdom in this country, and think the only role for "flyover" America is to STFU and pay their taxes. And, of course, celebrate diversity 24/7.
As the hearings proceeded, other concerns about Kagan surfaced. When asked if she would find a federal law requiring that each individual consume three fruits and three vegetables a day to be constitutionally objectionable, Kagan responded that although she might regard it as dumb law, she then went on to analyze it under Congress' authority to regulate commerce, never considering whether such a law would violate liberty or privacy interests found elsewhere in the Constitution. Perhaps this disguises the fact that Kagan might find the individual mandate in the health care reform bill to be constitutional.
LifeNews also informs us that Kagan helped Bill Clinton defend his veto of a partial-birth abortion ban -- the gruesome abortion procedure when a baby is birthed halfway and then jabbed in the head with medical scissors, killing him or her. She helped Clinton find political cover for his decision to keep those abortions legal. Kagan even went as far as advocating that the Clinton administration not only ignore but manipulate the opinion of a national medical group that said there was never any medical justification for killing unborn children halfway out of the birth canal. Kagan has also lauded human cloning and assisted suicide. The Clinton library has just released papers on Kagan's service in his administration. The IOpposeKagan website offers more information.
Senator Murkowski cannot be legitimately accused of opportunism in her stand against Kagan. Since she also opposed Kagan's nomination as Solicitor General, she hasn't changed her position to coopt her more conservative Republican opponent Joe Miller. Other Republican Senators declaring themselves in opposition to Kagan as of this post (names hot-linked to media sources):
-- Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett of Utah: Hatch said "Qualifications for judicial service include both legal experience and, more importantly, the appropriate judicial philosophy. The law must control the judge; the judge must not control the law...(Solicitor) General Kagan regrettably does not meet this standard." Read Hatch's full statement HERE. Bennett merely followed Hatch's lead, saying ""I agree that many of the things in Ms. Kagan's background are troublesome enough and justify a negative vote." Read Bennett's brief statement HERE.
-- Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who accused Kagan of being far from forthcoming in discussing her own views on basic principles of American constitutional law during the confirmation hearings.
-- Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma announced he would vote against Kagan shortly after her name was first put forth.
-- On July 8th, the New American reported that John McCain of Arizona, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, and Johnny Isaacson of Georgia will also vote against Kagan. Mike Johanns of Nebraska now also opposes Kagan.
Charles Grassley of Iowa, John Kyl of Arizona, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are also expected to announce their opposition as well. But Republicans aren't talking filibuster at this time, and they acknowledge they may not have the votes to stop Kagan's nomination.