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On Other Blogs (Yesterday): Rossi Would Vote Against Elena Kagan

By Josh Feit August 3, 2010

Our sweep through other news sites missed this one (picked up by the PI.com): Dino Rossi released a statement saying he'd vote against President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Here's Rossi's statement:
I believe that every nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court should have a fair and thorough confirmation process, concluding, almost without exception, with an up-or-down vote by the full Senate.

Elena Kagan's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee left many unanswered questions about her past work, and, more importantly, about how she views the Constitution and the role of a judge. Since Ms. Kagan lacks any prior judicial experience, we must examine her past work in the public and private sector.

I am not convinced that Ms. Kagan will limit herself to interpreting the Constitution and will instead substitute her own beliefs for laws with which she does not agree personally.

I admire Ms. Kagan's personal accomplishments and respect her resume. In fact, I could possibly support her appointment to a lower court. But, a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court doesn't strike me as the right starting point for someone who has served as a political advocate rather than as a neutral, unbiased arbiter. Therefore, I cannot support Ms. Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme
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