San Francisco (Obama.net) – With the retirement of John Paul Stevens, President Obama was presented with the opportunity to make a move that would have a lasting impact for decades to come. With life tenure, Supreme Court Justices have the ability to help mold American politics longer than any other government official. And by having the duty of appointing the members of the Supreme Court, the President can make sure that his political views stay long after he does.
Barack Obama decided that Elena Kagan would be best fit to become the newest justice on the Supreme Court. If approved, Kagan will become only the fourth female justice to ever serve on the court as well as the 112th justice overall. She would join two other women currently serving on the court, including Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was appointed last year.
Obama said that the Harvard Law School graduate and former member of the Clinton administration is a “trailblazing leader” and that she “can ultimately provide that same kind of leadership on the court” as Justice Stevens has for many years.
Kagan, who has argued numerous cases in front of the Supreme Court said that called the nomination “the honor of a lifetime.”
Kagan has been touted as a good choice for the role of Supreme Court Justice. Democrats are predicting that Kagan will be confirmed. Some Republicans are even extolling her work and abilities.
Some of Kagan’s personal beliefs may come under fire in the near future. Her clear stance on issues such as being completely against the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the American military is expected to cause an uproar.
Despite the concerns pertaining to her views on certain issues, her track record, while short, is full of brilliant work on behalf of the Clinton administration, Harvard University, the Justice Department, and Justice Thurgood Marshall.
While the Manhattan native doesn’t have a deep history of judicial experience at only 50 years old, her ability to reach out to both Democrats and Republicans via her practical thinking and intelligent arguments make her a more than fitting nomination for Supreme Court Justice by President Obama.