Madigan’s Procrastination Rewarded….Again

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was granted a second extension of time in which to file an appeal in the joint cases of Moore v. Madigan and Shepard v. Madigan. Justice Elena Kagan granted the extension of time to file the appeal until July 22nd.

The extension was granted by Justice Kagan on June 18th. One has to wonder if it had been Justice Thomas or Justice Scalia would Madigan have gotten her extension granted so easily. Unfortunately, the 7th Circuit is assigned to Justice Kagan for these type of matters.

The whole issue would become moot if Gov. Pat Quinn signs the carry bill that was passed on June 4th by the Illinois General Assembly. Madigan’s father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, is urging Quinn to do just that.

The Chicago Democrat’s office said Tuesday that the governor has not decided what action he’ll take on the legislation. The attorney general’s office released Kagan’s order but did not have an immediate comment.

House Speaker Michael Madigan – the attorney general’s father and a fellow Chicago Democrat – urged Quinn to sign the bill, which was a hard-fought compromise between the House and Senate.

“If you look at the vote in the House and the Senate it’s pretty clear that the governor’s veto could be overridden,” Madigan said after an unrelated committee hearing Tuesday.

As Sebastian noted when Madigan requested the second extension, this is getting ridiculous and it is time for Illinois politicians to stop playing games.

Kagan Confirmed By Senate

In a 63-37 vote, Elena Kagan was confirmed by the Senate as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The only Democrat to vote against her was Ben Nelson of Nebraska while five Republicans (in name only) voted for her.

The five Republicans voting to confirm Kagan were Lindsey Graham of SC, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Scott Brown of Massachusetts voted against her citing her lack of judicial and courtroom experience.

Posts about Kagan can be found here, here, and here. Speculation that Harry Reid would scuttle Kagan to preserve his seat are obviously erroneous. I still wonder if the NRA will endorse Reid given that made this a “recorded” vote.

UPDATE: Statement from the NRA which opposed Kagan can be found here.

Washington Times: Kagan’s Snowe Job on Gun Rights

The Washington Times had an editorial today on Senator Olympia Snowe’s (R-ME) support of Elena Kagan to be the newest Supreme Court Justice. She based part of her support for Kagan on the Second Amendment.

Snowe’s office sent out a press release announcing her support for Kagan that said, in part,

“Also, she has affirmed forcefully that adherence to Court precedent is a vital command for the Court. And in that light, in my view as a longtime, ardent supporter of Second Amendment rights, it was critical that General Kagan stated during her testimony that the precedents set by the Supreme Court in the Heller and McDonald cases – which upheld a personal right to possess a firearm — are ‘deeply rooted in this nation’s history and traditions’ and are ‘settled law;’ that she has ‘absolutely no reason to think that the court’s analysis was incorrect in any way;’ and, that she will apply these cases as law ‘going forward.’”

As the Washington Times notes, “We’ve been down this road before” with Justice Sonia Sotomayor and her contention that the Second Amendment was settled law.

Once the “wise Latina” donned the robes of her lifetime office, any pretense of upholding the individual’s right to bear arms was jettisoned. Ms. Sotomayor signed onto the gun rights dissent of Justice Stephen G. Breyer last month, which stated, “I can find nothing in the Second Amendment’s text, history or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as ‘fundamental’ insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes.”

The editorial examines Kagan’s past statements regarding guns and the Second Amendment. They think her “new” statements were nothing more than a means to provide cover to “squishy” Republicans – or what the rest of the world would call RINO’s. The editors think Kagan will follow the same path as Sotomayor when, and if, Second Amendment cases reach the Supreme Court – lipservice now, knife in the back later.

They conclude that,

No senator, Democrat or Republican, can claim he supports gun ownership and then turn around and elevate someone to the nation’s highest court who will work to undermine the fundamental nature of the Second Amendment. A vote for Ms. Kagan is a vote for a nominee who will join with Justices Breyer and Sotomayor to scale back – and try to eliminate – the individual’s right to gun ownership.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the Senate’s confirmation of Elena Kagan, the old saying, “As Maine goes, so goes the Nation” is probably correct. A filibuster cannot stop her now.

Would Harry Reid Sacrifice Elena Kagan to Get Re-Elected?

I’ve written about Elena Kagan and her confirmation hearings in the past here and here.

Now comes a story from the American Thinker by Rosslyn Smith that makes the suggestion that Harry Reid could conceivably scuttle the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court in order to save his Senate seat. Harry Reid is in for the fight of his political life with Sharon Angle in Nevada. He even has former supporters reaching out from the grave to urge voters to vote against him.

The complicating factor for Reid is that the National Rifle Association has made Kagan’s confirmation a  “scored” vote.  Smith notes that:

The NRA’s making this a scored vote for their endorsement greatly complicates matters for Democrat Senators defending seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Washington and Wisconsin. Like House Democrats and the deficit ballooning budget that was deemed to be passed, they probably wish the matter would just go away.

Smith argues that Reid is the master of killing a nomination while appearing to move it forward. He did this to Amb. John Bolton and made Majority Leader Bill Frist look the fool in the process. She concludes her article:

It could happen. The wimpiest of the Republicans are also from rural states where gun control is anathema. NRA members could influence them even if there inclination is to give the President his nominee. This time as Majority Leader Reid would be the one looking like a fool for not counting heads ahead of time, but if he thought it would help save his seat? Looking like a fool has seldom been an issue for Harry Reid.

I’ve written my Senators – one a Democrat and the other a Republican. Have you?

Kagan Confirmation Hearing Reactions, Part 2

The snark continues in reactions to Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings. Stephen Stromberg, writing in the Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog, suggests that one could get better answers from an octopus named Paul that predicted Germany’s World Cup win over England than from Kagan herself.

On her judicial philosophy:

Would Kagan be a “progressive” justice? The nominee objects to the terminology. Paul can express no such qualms. After coming to terms with the metaphysical crisis that no doubt attends when your only means of communication consists of consuming morsels of seafood from one of two labeled containers, Paul would have no doubt selected the one that read “yes.”

On gun rights:

What is Kagan’s approach to gun control? The nominee wouldn’t touch the Heller ruling. Paul would have inked his way toward the “right to bear arms is a collective right, but if the court determines that it is an individual right it ought to be incorporated” container.

On learning anything out of the hearing:

Of course, the White House would never allow an octopus to serve as a surrogate for Kagan. Because if senators asked Paul whether the proceedings were a vapid farce, all eight tentacles would surely embrace the “yes” container.

Reactions to the Kagan Confirmation Hearings

From the Washington Post

The Judiciary Committee grills Elena Kagan

The best – and most innovative – suggestion was made Patricia Wald, the former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Kagan will undoubtedly be a smart justice, though I am no clearer now than before as to what kind. How about, as an alternative to hearings, embedding a Rolling Stones reporter traveling with the candidate and her entourage for a few weeks before confirmation?