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Heritage: Supreme Court Nomination & More


Today, the President announced his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court – Elena Kagan. Kagan is the United States Solicitor General and Former Dean of the Harvard Law School.

Heritage will be tracking the nomination as it moves forward with regular analysis of Kagan’s statements, answers to questions and judicial philosophy. Bookmark our Supreme Court Vacancy Page to follow our regular updates as the Senate considers this nomination.

You can start by reading about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Heritage’s blog this morning, which includes a statement by Former Attorney General Ed Meese.

Training Opportunities and the Heritage Chart Book

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the American Majority’s Post-Party Summit in Kansas City. It was one of 7 Summits they are putting on across the country for conservative activists and candidates to help move beyond protests and into organizing for a FREE America.

If you missed a Summit, that’s OK. American Majority does other regular trainings for conservatives as well. If you are interested in finding a training opportunity near you, visit American Majority’s website. If there is not a training near you, they also have training tools like podcasts, video tutorials and training manuals available online.  

At the event, Ned Ryun, the President of American Majority, used the following chart from Heritage in his presentation.

It is part of our interactive Budget Chart Book which has 39 charts that help explain federal spending, entitlements, debt and deficits in a visual manner.

More Video from the Resource Bank

We had many great speakers and strategy sessions at Heritage’s annual Resource Bank meeting. In a previous e-mail, I linked to the You Tube video of Tea Party organizer Billie Tucker’s story.

Today, I want to share a video link to the speech by former Texas Solicitor General, Ted Cruz. In his remarks, Cruz encourages us to engage in the battle of ideas on behalf of liberty.

Thank you for what you do for liberty in your community. 



‘We must have the strength of our convictions to oppose judicial nominees who will not be faithful to either the Constitution or to the proper role of a judge.’

Manchester, N.H.—Ovide Lamontagne, conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

“I am announcing my opposition to the President’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court today for many of the reasons I opposed the nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor:  a lack of proven commitment to the Constitution or the principle judicial restraint, and a failure to differentiate between her view of the law and her personal political positions.  In addition, Ms. Kagan is one of least experienced nominees we have seen in decades.

Senators have a duty under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution to give their "advice and consent" when the President nominates a Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.  I believe the proper criteria to evaluate a judicial nominee are experience, judicial temperament, qualifications, and the nominee's view of the Constitution and laws, including the role of the Court in our representative democracy. 

Ms. Kagan has impressive academic and professional credentials, even if much of it has taken place within the ivory tower, but she has no judicial experience, which is the best record to assess one's suitability as a jurist for our nation's highest court, and little real world experience.  Ms. Kagan's evasive testimony before the Senate during her Solicitor General hearings did nothing to remedy the absence of judicial opinions through which to evaluate her.  I think it is safe to assume that she will not be more forthcoming in her next appearance before the Senate.  Indeed, her thin record of scholarship and written material suggests that she has deliberately avoided revealing her views and judicial philosophy insofar as possible.  A "stealth" strategy for appointment of Supreme Court Justices is not one that serves the goals of transparency and accountability to the American people.

However, based upon the few data points we do have about Ms. Kagan's views of the Constitution, they suggest she agrees fully with President Obama's judicial philosophy that a judge should rule from the "heart" -- based upon her own views and prejudices -- instead of impartially, based upon the law. Ms. Kagan has shown a willingness to disregard the text, history, and principles of the Constitution to advance her own far-left political views as law. 

  • She pursued litigation against the Solomon Amendment (denying federal funding to schools who banned military recruiters from campus) with arguments so extreme and ill-grounded in the law that she failed to win even a single vote on the Supreme Court for her position;

In addition, her past references to President Obama as a “hero” and a “rock star” do little to indicate that she will be anything more than a rubber stamp for the President’s liberal agenda.


Regardless of personal likeability or background, we must have the strength of our convictions to oppose judicial nominees who we cannot trust to be faithful to either the Constitution or to the proper role of a judge.

I pledge that if elected as a U.S. Senator, I will stand up for the proper role of a judge in our system of limited government.  As a former law clerk to a judge on the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, I recognize that we must seek out judges who are demonstrably able to put aside their own personal views, politics and preferences in order to make decisions impartially and based on the facts, the law and most importantly, the Constitution. 

Based on her record as an academic, and as a lawyer and policymaker in the Clinton and Obama administrations, I do not believe that Elena Kagan meets that important benchmark.”

Ovide’s op-ed on judges – ‘Senators Must Stand Up Against Obama Judges’ - can be found here:

Ovide’s prior statement on Justice Sotomayor can be found here:


Jim Bender Opposes the Nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court

Jim Bender - US Senate 2010


Prior to the nomination, our campaign has made it clear that we have two objective criteria to determine if a person is worthy of a position on the Supreme Court.  1) A candidate for the Supreme Court must know the Constitution and the law, and 2) they must have a judicial track record of unbiased adherence to the Constitution and the law. 

Disappointingly, President Obama has selected a lawyer with absolutely no experience as a judge, and very little experience in the courtroom at all.  Elena Kagan has no judicial record and therefore fails an essential requirement.  Having never presided over a single case, her judicial qualifications cannot even be evaluated.  It has been common practice for nearly four decades to nominate experienced judges to the Supreme Court, and it is confusing why President Obama would depart from this tradition now.

Obama has passed over the many hundreds of men and women across America who serve as federal judges and have decades of experience and extensive records of impartiality, wisdom, and objectivity.  The highest court in our land should be reserved for only the most accomplished.  Our Supreme Court is too essential to the health of our government to make a potential mistake– especially when a mistake on the Supreme Court lasts for a lifetime. I call on all of my fellow Republicans to stand strong against this misguided nomination.


ALG President speaks out on Kagan nomination to U.S. Supreme Court 

"Elena Kagan is an unknown quantity with nothing in her record to recommend her to the highest court in the land.  She's never been a judge, and devoid of any examples, Senators will be hard-pressed to determine exactly what her judicial philosophy is.  President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers' was withdrawn for the same exact reason, and rightly so."—ALG President Bill Wilson.

May 10th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Bill Wilson, President of Americans for Limited Government (ALG), will be available to comment on the potential nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Elena Kagan is an unknown quantity with nothing in her record to recommend her to the highest court in the land.  She's never been a judge, and devoid of any examples, Senators will be hard-pressed to determine exactly what her judicial philosophy is," Wilson said. 

"President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers' was withdrawn for the same exact reason, and rightly so," Wilson added. 

ALG has been a leading voice in opposition to the Appeals Court nomination of Goodwin Liu and other high profile radical nominees to the federal courts, and has become a trusted source for analysis from an independent, limited government perspective.


Shea-Porter Statement on President Obama Signing the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act into Law

WASHINGTON, DC  – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act into law. 

Today is a great day for men and women who have served our country in uniform, as well as for the heroic people who care for them.  Disabled veterans and their families face many unique challenges, and caring for a loved one with a serious injury is often emotionally and physically exhausting. This law will provide our veterans and their family members with additional resources and support.”

The legislation, which passed the House on April 21, will help families better care for disabled or injured veterans. It will also greatly improve health care services for women veterans and will expand VA programs for veterans living in rural areas.

The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, the National Military Family Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and  the Wounded Warrior Project.