Elena Kagan is the New Harriet Miers

I said this during Monday morning’s press conference and it works. Consider:

Miers had clerked for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, but had never served as a judge. She had neither taught nor written to any substantial extent on law. In private practice, as a corporate litigator, Miers had courtroom experience, but a scant and undistinguished track record of litigating in federal court (almost none litigating constitutional issues), and had never argued a case before the Supreme Court.

Neither were judges. Neither had any sort of bankable reputations to prove they could do the job.

On January 5, 2009, President-elect Barack Obama announced he would nominate Kagan to be Solicitor General.[20][21] Before this appointment she had limited courtroom experience. She had never argued a case at trial,[22] and had not argued before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jane Hamsher’s brief compendium of liberal reaction expresses the same discontentment.

RedState:

Some Senators will argue that Kagan lacks the requisite experience to be a justice on the Supreme Court.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on the Senate Floor on March 19, 2009 his reservations for Kagan to be Solicitor General:

Well, so far as I can observe, other than time in the White House Counsel’s Office, Dean Kagan has only practiced law for 2 years in a real law firm practicing law. She had very limited experience in the things you would look for in a person of this nature.

If Kagan did not possess the experience as a judge or practitioner to be Solicitor General, then, even with a year under her belt as Solicitor General, it is hard to argue that she is qualified to be on the highest court in the land.

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