Solicitor General Elena Kagan is too political, too leftist, too inexperienced and too disrespectful towards existing law to be confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court. As Ms. Kagan's nomination hearings begin on Monday, what we now know about her should disturb fair-minded Americans, and should embolden moderate senators of both parties to avoid rubber-stamping her for a lifetime appointment. The pressure should be most intense not on Republicans, but on Democrats who claim moderation and yet try to explain away Ms. Kagan's history of leftist proselytizing.
No amount of personal charm on Ms. Kagan's part should obscure her actual record. Here's what we know about this former dean of Harvard Law School:
We know she is remarkably lacking in courtroom experience.
We know she deliberately ignored the law while at Harvard, and unfairly besmirched our military in time of war.
We know she cut corners in order to preserve partial-birth abortions.
We know she is willing to undercut First Amendment free speech for political purposes.
We know Ms. Kagan is hostile to gun rights.
We know she believes foreign law is highly relevant to U.S. law.
We know she believes judges should automatically favor certain classes of people and impose their own values to reach desired outcomes.