While the Vice President told us this morning on ‘GMA’ that he was confident Elena Kagan would be confirmed, yesterday Senator Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed similar beliefs.
But this morning Senator Jeff Session, the ranking Republican on the committee, told me he wasn’t so sure; “This is a confirmation process not a coronation. I think it’s premature to say that .”
On the army recruitment issue Sessions said, “I believe she absolutely was wrong…It was unthinkable to me that because somebody disagreed with President Clinton’s ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy they should block the military from going to campus to recruit people to be JAG officers.”
Sessions, like many of his Republican colleagues also cited Kagan’s lack of experience, “Her record is very thin. No doubt about that. She’s not practiced law hard, only about two years in her career. She’s never been a judge… this lady is not disqualified, I’m just saying that looking at her background is thin.”
See our interview here: