Kagan Goes A’Courtin’ on Capitol Hill
Posted on May 13, 2010
On Thursday, Supreme Court hopeful Elena Kagan observed the nominee tradition of making the rounds on Capitol Hill by dropping in on key senators from both sides of the aisle, and it seems she made some key gains—even Scott Brown might vote to confirm her! —KA
Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown—who broke the Democrats’ 60-member filibuster-proof majority by winning the late Ted Kennedy’s seat in January—said after meeting with Kagan that he is satisfied she supports members of the military.
“It was the first question I actually asked her because, having been in the military, I had concerns about [her] position at Harvard,” Brown said.
“It was very clear to me, after we spoke about it at length, that she is supportive of the men and women who are fighting to protect us and very supportive of the military as a whole. I do not feel that her judicial philosophy will not hurt the men and women who are serving.”
While dean at Harvard Law, Kagan said she “abhorred” the military’s “discriminatory recruitment policy.” She called it “a profound wrong—a moral injustice of the first order.”
AP / Alex Brandon
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., shakes hands Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Capitol Hill. Kagan currently is U.S. solicitor general.