The Kagan hearings

The Washington Times:

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Monday pushed back at Republican accusations that she is liberal ideologue, telling Congress that if confirmed she would consider every case "impartially, modestly" and "in accordance of the law."

Ms. Kagan, while addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee in the first day of what was expected to be a weeklong hearing, stressed that she would take an "even-handed" approach and would consider all sides of an argument if confirmed. Her almost 13-minute speech was peppered with such words and phrases as "restraint," "open minded," "principle" and "impartiality."

Ms. Kagan, 50, is the first woman to hold the post of U.S. Solicitor General, the federal government's top litigator before the Supreme Court. She also was the first woman to serve as dean of Harvard Law School, and she served as an adviser in the Clinton administration.

She said her experience as an educator, in government and the private sector would serve her well serving on the nation's highest court.

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She should name her close friends who are conservative. With recent polls showing there are roughly twice as many conservatives as liberals, does she believe that liberals are in the main stream? Is she aware of liberal opinions that have had an evil result?

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