Conservative cheat-sheet on Kagan?

With Obama'a nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to fill Justice Stevens' seat on the high court, the commentary is all over the map.  Some of the most interesting criticism is the supposed liberal complaints that she's not liberal enough.  Uh-huh.  Sounds a lot like the folks in the White House spin lounge are trying to make conservatives feel better by making them think liberals are worried she'll be their version of David Souter.

Not buying it.

On the right side of the aisle, there's plenty to be concerned about, as David Weigel point out today...

  • Kagan "kicked military recruiters out of Harvard" over the issue of Don't Ask Don't Tell. (On this point, conservatives have gotten an assist from scaredy-cat liberal Peter Beinart.)
  • Kagan herself has argued for nominees to be grilled more on their philosophy.
  • Kagan has no judicial experience. Democrats will happily point out that she was denied 11 years of experience on the D.C. circuit by a 1999 Republican filibuster.)
  • Kagan did some advisory work for Goldman Sachs from 2005 to 2008. The size of her stipend -- $10,000 -- indicates how far from the action this job was. But it will come up.

We're already seeing a line of criticism develop. If I can sum it up in the bluntest possible language, Kagan is a New York, Ivy League elitist, a critic of the military during wartime, who was picked because President Obama is all of those things.

And that's just to get things started.  Much, much more to come....

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