Why Obama Chose Kagan. Nomination is all about his progressive agenda: Terry Eastland, Weekly Standard

What’s most striking about the Kagan nomination is the extent to which it is about Obama. It’s no secret that he sees the Supreme Court’s conservative majority as a potential obstacle to his agenda. Health care reform is already being litigated in federal and state courts. Other key Obama initiatives-environmental and financial regulations, for instance-are likely to wind up in court. Citizens United, Obama believes, gives him a chance to make the case that it is the conservative justices who are the real judicial activists and whom the country should truly beware. Obama, according to the New York Times, “plans to make the [decision] a theme on the stump heading into campaign season.” Obama has proven willing to politicize the Court as no president since Franklin Roosevelt.

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