President Obama has announced Elena Kagan as his nominee to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. As confirmation gets underway, here's a roundup of what The Atlantic has written about Kagan and the selection process over the last year:
- Kagan could make the court more conservative, veteran Supreme Court journalist Stuart Taylor, Jr. writes.
- Don Verrilli, an associate White House counsel, is the leading candidate to replace Kagan as solicitor general
- Kagan was successfully confirmed by the Senate as solicitor general just last year. Here's a recap of that vote.
- Here's a look at the political dynamics at play in Kagan's nomination and confirmation
- Obama wasn't looking to pick a partisan fight with his next court pick, Marc notes; his short list, this time around, included uncontroversial names who would likely be confirmed quickly.
- Marc analyzes the sexual politics surrounding Kagan and the Supreme Court, as social conservative and gay rights advocates alike have whispered that Kagan is gay and someone should acknowledge it
- Carrie Severino of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network says Kagan has been tight-lipped throughout her career, giving the right few public statement to attack her with.
- When Kagan was bandied as a possible pick last year, Judicial Crisis Network produced a web video attacking her as an academic peacenik opposed to the military. (This was part of an attack website that also went after Sotomayor and Diane Wood.)
- Michael Kinsley examined what people mean by "ideology" and "conservative" when they talk about judges.