Thursday, June 24, 2010
Elena Kagan and the Israeli Supreme Court
Aaron Zelinsky notes a strange source of some of the lastest attacks on U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee Elena Kagan: her praise in 2006 for Aharon Barak, Israel's former Chief Justice. Zelinsky says that this line of attack is as baseless as it is unsound:
In her 2006 remarks, Dean Kagan wasn't sending a dog-whistle to the International-Cabal-of-Judicial-Activists that she would be a mini-Barak. She was declaring that she respected Barak and the values of democracy and human rights he represented. Moreover, the Right's attempt to fit Barak's career and philosophy as an Israeli jurist into the simple lexicon of America's modern political debate is fundamentally misguided.
Hat tip to Aaron Zelinsky