I was browsing the Internet the other day and I came across an article about young conservatives protesting the nomination/possible confirmation of Solicitor General Elaina Kagan to the Supreme Court.
“From the podium, the speakers railed against what they say is Kagan’s obvious membership in that most insidious of societies, The Order Of The Activist Judge. The conservative complaints about the temporary curtailment of military recruiting at Harvard Law School while Kagan was dean, her self-professed “legal progressivism” and her record as a Clinton White House staffer on issues like guns and abortion played a prominent role in the protest. There was a special emphasis on the potential length of a Kagan term on the court, which, as the youth in attendance rightfully pointed out, could mean she would rule with her socialist agenda showing well into the protesters’ middle age.”
Obviously filling a seat on the Supreme Court is a big deal; many justices serve for over a quarter of a century, and during that time have the opportunity to make landmark decisions. (Think Brown V. Board of Education)
By most accounts Kagan is very confirmable. Andrew Pincus writes that during Kagan’s confirmation hearings, Senate Republicans could find no issues that had traction on the nominee.
The Millennial generation trends to a liberal point of view but it will be interesting to observe the conservatives of this generation. There is an old saying that goes “If the facts are on your side, bang on the facts. If the law is on your side, bang on the law. If neither the facts nor the law is on your side, bang on the table.” It will be interesting to see which of these our generation chooses to bang.