In “Confirmation Messes, Old and New,” 62 U. Chi. L. Rev. 919 (1995), [Kagan] argued that probing questions about a nominee’s views were not only appropriate but essential. According to Kagan in 1995, the Senate should ask — and demand answers — about both a nominee’s “broad judicial philosophy” and “her views on particular constitutional issues” including those “the Court regularly faces.” This article will make it particularly difficult for Kagan to avoid providing more detailed answers than have other nominees in the past, and will give Senate Republicans an additional line of attack — and if she refuses to go along she could even be accused of a “confirmation conversion.”That could be cool, but it's unlikely. As soon as any Supreme Court nominee gets before Congress, they immediately go into stealth mode. That's protocol, and that's tradition. And if Kagan is master of anything, its protocol and tradition. You don't become head of Harvard Law, and get a nomination to the Supreme Court, without following those things. So while Kagan might have led to fireworks in the Senate, I think she'll amount to a lot of what previous confirmation hearings have been — interesting, but in the end, another rhetorical tap dance.
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