Top Senate Republican Leaves Door Open to Potential Elena Kagan Filibuster
by Steven Ertelt
June 21, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The leading Republican in the Senate left the door open for a potential filibuster of pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. In a weekend interview with "Fox News Sunday" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the initial information on Kagan has been "quite troubling."
In April, McConnell, a pro-life senator from Kentucky, said a filibuster of the then-unknown nominee would be "highly unlikely, however, unless the nominee is an extraordinary individual outside the mainstream with really bizarre views."
Kagan’s views must be outside the mainstream enough to him and other Republicans because he admitted there is a possibility they could mount a filibuster.
"I think some of her views are quite troubling, at least to me, in the area of political speech and the First Amendment," he said. "She has basically argued before the Supreme Court that the government could ban pamphlets. I find that very troubling."
However, McConnell stressed that it is premature to say what the strategy on the Senate floor will be since committee hearings have yet to start on President Barack Obama’s second pro-abortion selection for the nation’s highest and most influential court.
"We know that the president has filibustered Supreme Court nominees. We know the vice president has filibustered Supreme Court nominees. We know Senator Reid has and we know Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy has," he said, in mounting a potential filibuster defense.
"I have never filibustered a Supreme Court nominee. But it is possible, but entirely too early to know whether that would be appropriate," McConnell said, adding it is "entirely premature" to ascertain what Republicans will do.
The options open under the Senate procedures, he said of the filibuster, but, We haven’t started the hearings yet."
Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee was Sonia Sotomayor who is now positioned on the high court to keep abortion legal another three decades.
Pro-life groups have described Elena Kagan as the stereotypical judicial activist and abortion advocate.
She clerked for pro-abortion Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she lauded, and her writings dating back to her college days are filled with accolades for judges who took the law into their hands and twisted it for a desired outcome rather than relying on the people through their elected officials.
Kagan helped Bill Clinton defend his veto of a partial-birth abortion ban — the gruesome abortion procedure when a baby is birthed halfway and then jabbed in the head with medical scissors, killing him or her. She helped Clinton find political cover for his decision to keep those abortions legal.
Kagan went as far as advocating that the Clinton administration not only ignore but manipulate the opinion of a national medical group that said there was never any medical justification for killing unborn children halfway out of the birth canal.
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