Posted by: Boston Bravery | May 11, 2010

The Biggest Distortion About Supreme Court Nominee Kagan

From everything I have seen so far I think Elena Kagan will be a great addition to the Supreme Court.  I think she has a stellar background and a great understanding of the Constitution.

National Review and FakeNews seem to be distorting her record to say she supports socialism from her senior thesis.  In a May 3rd article in the Daily Princeton Wilentz (Kagan’s thesis advisor) defended Kagan against her critics, “noting that she was adept at removing her personal beliefs from her academic research on labor and radical history. ‘Sympathy for the movement of people who were trying to better their lives isn’t something to look down on,’ he explained. ‘Studying something doesn’t necessarily mean that you endorse it. It means you’re into it. That’s what historians do.’

Kagan said in her thesis acknowledgements [sic] that her brother’s ‘involvement in radical causes led me to explore the history of American radicalism in the hope of clarifying my own political ideas.'”

NRO blogger Ed Whelan, “who saw the demise of the American socialist movement as ‘sad’ was well on the Left.  (To be clear:  I am certainly not contending that Kagan’s views might not have changed over the years; I am merely pointing out the utter dearth of evidence that Kagan might secretly harbor conservative views.)”

Fox Nation linked to its version of the excerpt under the headline, “Kagan Booted Recruiters, Linked GOP Terror Proposal to ‘Dictatorships,’ Wrote Thesis on Socialism.”

Really nothing in the article really suggest that she supports socialism.  The thesis is a simple study of history.

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