In the Washington Times today, my colleague, David Tubbs, offers advice to the Republicans members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as the Kagan confirmation hearings get under way.
After being nominated, Ms. Kagan effusively praised Justice Stevens, remarking that the nation was "fortunate beyond all measure" to have had him on the court for 35 years. Such praise may have been prompted largely by considerations of decorum, but Republican senators should ask Ms. Kagan whether she truly holds Justice Stevens in such high regard. If her judicial views align with his, especially on matters of constitutional law, they should press her on a more fundamental issue - namely, whether those views can be reconciled with our nation's commitment to representative democracy.
Read it in, "Put Nominee on the Stevens Hot Seat."
David L. Tubbs is assistant professor of politics at The King's College in New York City. He is the author of "Freedom's Orphans: Contemporary Liberalism and the Fate of American Children" (Princeton University Press, 2007).