RPW Chair and lead stuntman Reince Priebus responded to the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan with a typical devoid-of-fact statement. If old wisgop.org links actually worked, the cookie-cutter introduction of “strictly interpret the Constitution instead of legislating from the bench” is probably in the response to Justice Sotomayor’s nomination. Anyway, of course the GOP wants a nominee that strictly interprets the constitution, you know, the John Roberts type, the kind of fellow that would never overturn a centuries worth of precedent to say, allow corporate campaign contributions. Right?
But on to that joker Priebus. When he declares Kagan’s “opposition to allowing military recruiters on the Harvard Law School campus” he neglects that in her official capacity, the most action she took against recruiters was to deny the use of Harvard’s Office of Career Services for a brief period. The recruiters were still welcome on campus, and Kagan has been very supportive of young people serving their country.
If any groups have lacked support for service to country in the armed forces, it has been the military (including the Commander in Chief) and Congress, unwilling to abolish Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The policy has resulted in thousands of discharges, and untold numbers of potential recruits passing up the military as a career. Kagan taking a stance (as a dean, not a judge) to call attention to a discriminatory policy that’s bad for America is in no way a blemish on her record.