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Obama, Kagan: Match Made In Socialist Heaven? May 11, 2010

Yesterday President Obama nominated Elena Kagan as the next Supreme Court Justice.  The next step is for Kagan to be approved by the Senate.  Kagan Heads to SenateKagan's Paper TrailThe Powers That BeMedia Matters makes efforts to defend Kagan.  Reserved Passion: Kagan '81.
Kagan spent her senior year conducting research for her thesis on the history of the socialist movement, which was titled “To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900–1933.” Her thesis has been criticized by her opponents for revealing sympathies with the Socialist Party and became a source of controversy when she was a potential nominee for Associate Justice David Souter’s seat on the Supreme Court last spring — a position which instead went to Sonia Sotomayor ’76 — and when she was nominated for her current position of solicitor general in January 2009.
“Americans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalism’s glories than of socialism’s greatness,” she wrote in her thesis. “Conformity overrides dissent; the desire to conserve has overwhelmed the urge to alter. Such a state of affairs cries out for explanation.”
She called the story of the socialist movement’s demise “a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism’s decline, still wish to change America … In unity lies their only hope.”
 How will this nomination affect the future of our country?  Does Kagan have enough expereince?

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