KAGAN CONFIRMATION: TEEING OFF WITH SESSIONS
We are here today to talk about tomorrow, Obama’s SCOTUS nominee Kagan who has never delivered a decision from a bench, the acceptance question being how will her progressive political beliefs influence her as a judge.
Sen Sessions introduced us to one aspect of this important question as it relates to her decisions as Dean of Harvard. Dean Kagan became personally involved in military recruiting. Sen Sessions’ questions had her all over the map to the point where she had no opportunity to escape the fact she detested our ‘Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell’ policy.
Even so Dean Kagan’s immediate reaction was against the military regardless of the fact that they were carrying out a policy implemented by Bill Clinton under whom she served.
The Solomon Amendment was passed by Congress to allow military equal access to college campuses. Colleges had the right to deny them yet if they so chose, stipulated under the amendment they would forfeit federal funds.
Dean Kagan understood ‘Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell’, she was part of the team which implement the law. As a qualified Supreme Court nominee she understood the Solomon Amendment as well, she simply wanted it both ways, no recruiters and federal funding.
The Dean insisted recruitment numbers increased over the course of this disaster and was correct but due to no credit attributable to her. Off campus veterans kicked in and worked like vets do.
Sen Sessions also made it evident that Philly’s 3rd Circuit struck down the Solomon Amendment which was not bound to Kagan’s 1st Circuit. Again, she is a Supreme Court nominee. Who with half a legal mindset did not realize this was immediately being appealed to SCOTUS? Even so she reverted back to old policy and prevented the military from full access.
That same Supreme Court to which Dean Kagan has been nominated made a unanimous decision against the 3rd Circuit appeal, the one our Dean, even though was not bound to, used it as a basis for reverting back to old policy. Imagine this person fitting into that bench as judging on a non-political perspective.