Elena Kagan nominated to Supreme Court

Well, President Obama has nominated his second Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan.

She has never been a judge before–is that an asset or a liability?

Rather, she is an academic, the former dean of Harvard Law–is that an asset or a liability?

She has also been a government official and presidential advisor, currently serving as the Solicitor General–is that an asset or a liability?

As Dean, she refused to allow military recruiters at the law school, due to the military’s policies about gays.

Should Republicans in the Senate fight her nomination, or let the president have his way?

SeeĀ Obama taps Kagan to give court historic 3rd female – Yahoo! News.

The conservative case for Kagan

Before the anti-Kagan bandwagon sets off, consider this:

As a White House adviser in 1997, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged then-President Bill Clinton to support a ban on late-term abortions, a political compromise that put the administration at odds with abortion rights groups.

Documents reviewed Monday by The Associated Press show Kagan encouraging Clinton to support a bill that would have banned all abortions of viable fetuses except when the physical health of the mother was at risk. The documents from Clinton's presidential library are among the first to surface in which Kagan weighs in the thorny issue of abortion.

The abortion proposal was a compromise by Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle. Clinton supported it, but the proposal failed and Clinton vetoed a stricter Republican ban.

via The Associated Press: Kagan in ’97 urged Clinton to ban late abortions.

UPDATE: Today’s Washington Post has various articles that suggest that Elena Kagan may be the best candidate conservatives could hope for from President Obama:

–As Dean of Harvard Law, she integrated the faculty, bringing in notable conservative scholars.

–Hardcore leftists are angry at the nomination, wishing the president had chosen someone more ideological, less pragmatic, and of an intellectual heft to counter Justices Scalia and Roberts.