I don’t agree with Elena Kagan on everything, but I have no question as to her qualifications for the Supreme Court. I’m still thinking through my views on this nomination, but for now, I’d recommend that you read “Why Kagan Makes Sense: Citizens United”, “Myths and falsehoods about Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination” and “Elena Kagan’s Goldman Sachs ‘Connection'”. Also, for a dissenting view from the left, see Glenn Greenwald’s “The latest on Elena Kagan”. Finally, keep in mind that Kagan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Solicitor General by a 61-31 vote on March 19, 2009.
UPDATE: First reactions to Kagan’s nomination.
UPDATE #2: Mark Warner’s office issues a statement.
I believe the President has made a solid choice in nominating Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. I first met her when she served as the dean of Harvard Law School, and she is very highly regarded across the ideological spectrum for her impressive background in government service and her strong academic and legal credentials. Last year, the Senate voted to confirm Elena Kagan to serve as Solicitor General, and I look forward to prompt Senate consideration of her nomination to the Supreme Court.
UPDATE #3: It looks like the RNC, under the inspired leadership of Michael Steele, has decided to attack Elena Kagan for opposing/criticizing slavery. Or something. For more on the RNC’s “thinking” regarding this attack, see here.