Supreme Fallout

Michael Steele Attacks Kagan

Less than a day after President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, early adversaries are speaking up. One high-profile opponent? Republican National Chairman Michael Steele, taking issue with her support for Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice to serve on the Supreme Court. Specifically, Steele is concerned about the fact that, in a law review article following Marshall’s death in 1993, Kagan quoted from a speech in which the justice called the Constitution in its original form “defective”—and said the Supreme Court's goal was to "show a special solicitude for the despised and the disadvantaged." Meanwhile, Republican Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma became the first Senator to officially oppose Kagan’s nomination, airing concerns that Obama hasn’t properly vetted her. Inhofe was also skeptical of the fact that Kagan has never served as a judge.