Specter Presses Kagan to Be Chatty
During what will almost certainly be his last opening statement for a Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) pressed court nominee Elena Kagan to be talkative during her hearings.
Specter referenced a 1995 University of Chicago Law Review article in which Kagan criticized the tone of Supreme Court confirmation hearings and encouraged nominees to more freely discuss their views. He voted against Kagan when she was up for solicitor general because he felt she had not fully answered his questions. In the midst of what ended up being a failed primary bid for another term in office, Specter had said he would look at Kagan with an open mind.
While still a Republican, Specter oversaw the Senate Judiciary Committee during the nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Samuel Alito and failed nominee Harriet Miers.