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Critiquing Kagan

Political activist groups reacted quickly to President Obama's pick to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Solicitor General Elena Kagan has a long resume, but a scant record of writing on key issues. Progressives may not be pleased with Kagan, but conservatives were the most vocal activists.

The narrative conservatives are building around Kagan revolves around her judicial inexperience, her views of gay rights, and fear of her abortion positions.

Kagan has a long resume, including a clerkship with the Supreme Court, dean of Harvard Law School, and solicitor general of the United States. But absent is any time on the bench.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Kagan is "woefully inexperienced." He compared her to Obama, saying that like him, "she, too, may have charmed her way into one of the most powerful positions in America with a clever charisma that hides her ultimate agenda: to reshape the court with a profoundly radical bent."

Kagan would be the first justice to be on the bench without prior judicial experience since William Rehnquist joined the Court. In 2005, President Bush nominated Harriet Miers, who also lacked any judicial experience.

American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) chief counsel Jay Sekulow said at the time that Miers' lack of judicial experience was "an asset, not a liability." For Kagan, however, the lack of experience is troubling.

"If confirmed, Kagan would become the first Justice to the Supreme Court in nearly 40 years who has no previous judicial experience," said Sekulow. "This fact underscores the importance of closely examining her ...

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