Thank You, Scott
I was prepared for Scott Brown to vote in favor of the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, but I wasn't prepared to be as disgusted with him as such a vote would have required.
I approach the duty of voting on nominees to the United States Supreme Court with a deep sense of the constitutional responsibility of the Senate to provide its advice and consent. Elena Kagan’s nomination is my first opportunity to consider a nominee to the Supreme Court. First, let me say that I have a great deal of respect for Elena Kagan. She has an impressive resume, and in my private meeting with her I found her to be brilliant, as you might expect from a former dean of Harvard Law School.
Thankfully, Scott didn't end up caving in like Lindsay Graham. Hallelujah!
However, I cannot vote to confirm Elena Kagan. The reason is simple. I believe nominees to the Supreme Court should have previously served on the bench. Lacking that, I look for many years of practical courtroom experience to compensate for the absence of prior judicial experience. In Elena Kagan’s case, she is missing both.
I would have been happier, of course, if he had stated publicly the reason why she should be opposed by all believers in the constitution... because she is part of the liberal cabal that seeks its undoing. But perhaps he doesn't want to stand on that ground, quite yet - or, worse, he doesn't see things that way.
When it comes to the Supreme Court, experience matters. No classroom can substitute for the courtroom itself, where decisions are made that affect the day-to-day lives of American citizens, and where one’s judicial character and temperament is shaped in favor of the fair and just application of the law. The best umpires, to use the popular analogy, must not only call balls and strikes, but also have spent enough time on the playing field to know the strike zone. Therefore, I cannot support Elena Kagan’s nomination.
So, I'm happy that he came out against her, because Kagan should not be on the court. But, I'm also not ready to have to go to war with Scott just yet. The fact is, I love having a federal representative with the character and conservative tendencies that Scott possesses, and I love having a U.S. Senator who thinks that voters matter.