SW: ... We know so very little about about her - she has so little record for someone with her career path that she has clearly gone to extremes to keep her view hidden. ...
2. There is an absolute commonsense requirement that the Senate not confirm someone when they don't have EVIDENCE of the person's positions - j
3. She has acknowledged that she advocates the "living constitution"
6. She wrote a college thesis on socialism that worried about socialismís demise, and a masterís thesis praising the activism of the Earl Warren Court.
7. She worked for the Michael Dukakis for President campaign, and took a leave as a law school professor to help Joe Biden get liberal Justice Ruth Ginsburg confirmed.
8. Those few bits of historical evidence that are negative, she denies in one fashion or another.
Have you tried Google? These are among the hits I got when I put "Elena Kagan" in the search field.
From the Harvard Law School Faculty Directory. Her bibliography.
From the US Department of Justice, her biography when she became Solicitor General.
- Kagan, Elena. "Presidential Administration," 114 Harvard Law Review 2245 (2001).
Kagan, Elena & David Barron. "Chevron's Nondelegation Doctrine," 2001 Supreme Court Review 201 (2001).
- Kagan, Elena. "When A Speech Code Is A Speech Code: The Stanford Policy and the Theory of Incidental Restraints," 29 University of California at Davis Law Review 957 (1996).
- Kagan, Elena. "Private Speech, Public Purpose: The Role of Governmental Motive in First Amendment Doctrine," 63 University of Chicago Law Review 413 (1996).
- Kagan, Elena. "Confirmation Messes, Old and New," 62 University of Chicago Law Review 919 (1995) (book review).
- Kagan, Elena. "For Justice Marshall," 71 Texas Law Review 1125 (1993).
- Kagan, Elena. "A Libel Story: Sullivan Then and Now," 18 Law and Social Inquiry 197 (1993) (book review).
- Kagan, Elena. "Regulation of Hate Speech and Pornography After R.A.V," 60 University of Chicago Law Review 873 (1993).
- Kagan, Elena. "The Changing Faces of First Amendment Neutrality: R.A.V. v St. Paul, Rust v Sullivan, and the Problem of Content-Based Underinclusion," 1992 Supreme Court Review 29 (1992).
Kagan clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986 to 1987. The next year, she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. She worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly from 1989 to 1991.
Kagan received her bachelorís degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton in 1981. She attended Worcester College, Oxford, as Princetonís Daniel M. Sachs Graduating Fellow, and received an M. Phil. in 1983. She then attended Harvard Law School, where she was supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1986.
"However, there was one obvious hole in her resume before landing the Obama administration job: she has never sat on the bench as a judge, though Presidet Clinton nominated her in 1999 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. But Kagan never got a hearing from theGOP-dominated Senate Judiciary Committee"In a few weeks, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas , will release thousands of documents pertaining to Kagan, including memos she wrote when working in the Clinton administration beginning in 1995. The memos might reflect advice she gave as an attorney in the White House Counsel's office and later the Office of Domestic Policy.
Kagan has donated $12,050 since the 2000 election cycle, all to Democratic candidates. She donated to Hillary Rodham Clintonís 2000 Senate campaign but supported Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primary.
Lawrence H. Summers - Head of the National Economic Council (since January 2009)
Neal Katyal -Principal Deputy Solicitor General (since February 2009)
Daniel Meltzer - Principal Deputy White House Counsel (since January 2009)
Gary Grindler- Acting Deputy Attorney General (since February 2010)
Samantha Power - Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council (since January 2009)
Cass R. Sunstein - Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (since September 2009)
("Who Runs Gov" is a website publication of The Washington Post. -- MEM)
ABC News Website here
Among those is the "Abortion Memo" read it as a PDF here.
As for the other points...
3. I believe that the US Constitution is a living document. Do you think that it is dead?
6. I have written several papers in college, cognizant of the fact that they might be quoted later, but that is what college is for, especially for younger people, but for all, really, to explore ideas. Are you quoting the actual paper itself, or did you get that from a conservative blog?
7. Of course she worked for Democratic Party candidates. She's a Democrat. As for that, if you actually listen to that YouTube clip you posted, you will realize that it was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who pressed Counselor Kagan on the danger to books from FEC rules about cinema. It seems that the liberal, Democratic Justice Ginsburg has her principles in place, not totally unknown among liberals and Democrats, just as there are conservatives who are honorable, even though they worked for Republican candidates.
8. Are you saying that Elena Ginsburg denies contributing to the Clinton campaign, or that like Peter denying Jesus, she said she never heard of Larry Summers?
Really, Steve, if you want to list Elena Kagan's deficiencies, why not actually read the papers she wrote? Or did you avoid that effort by watching Glenn Beck?