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The Kagan confirmation: Republicans vs. Thurgood Marshall
Why did the GOP to attack late civil-rights legend Justice Thurgood Marshall during Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing?
Republicans have focused on Elena Kagan's ties to Thurgood Marshall at her confirmation hearings.
Republicans have focused on Elena Kagan's ties to Thurgood Marshall at her confirmation hearings.
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n an attempt to pin down Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, Republicans have gone after another target — her former boss and personal hero, late Justice Thurgood Marshall. During the second day of Kagan's confirmation hearings, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) labeled Marshall — the lawyer responsible for victory in 1954's Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended racial segregation, and the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court — "a judicial activist." And Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Marshall's legal views "do not comport with the proper role of a judge or judicial method." Clearly, the Republicans are "unable to come up with a coherent line of attack" to undermine Kagan, says Steve Benen in Washington Monthly. So they've opted for a "twisted" path that forces them to denigrate "one of the more celebrated American heroes of the 20th century." It certainly is a "curious strategy," says Dana Milbank in the Washington Post. But who knows — depending on how long Kagan's confirmation lasts, they may still "have time to make cases against Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Gandhi." Watch GOP senators speak about Marshall:

 

 

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