Conservative opposition to Kagan is motivated by politics, not substance

Not that this should surprise. From Media Matters:

Bill Kristol says he “endorsed Elena Kagan,” but Republicans “should oppose her” anyway. On the April 11 edition of Fox News Sunday, when host Chris Wallace asked if Republicans’ “decision as to how much of fight they want to make” over the nomination would depend in part on who Obama nominated, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol responded, “Not that much.” Kristol added that while he “endorsed Elena Kagan” as a nominee, he believed that “most Republicans would oppose her and, honestly, should oppose her, with respect and with deference to her, you know, impressive academic credentials, because she will be a reliable liberal vote.”

Conservative activist Viguerie signals that conservatives will paint any nominee as “radical.” The New York Times reported in an April 16 article:

Richard Viguerie, a conservative fund-raiser who is developing direct-mail and Internet campaigns about the coming nominee, said conservatives relished the prospect of a fight with Democrats over the Supreme Court before the November election.

“The more material he gives us to work with, the easier the battle will be,” Mr. Viguerie said. “The more quickly we can identify that person as an ideological liberal, the easier it is for us to communicate to the American people how radical the president is and the nominee is.”
Coulter urges “huge court battle” to benefit GOP election hopes. On April 12, conservative commentator Ann Coulter said: “A huge court battle is fantastic for Republicans. The reason the Democrats need the courts to legislate for them is their ideas are heinous to the American people. They can’t win in democracy so they do it through the courts. This is always good to have a fight over the courts.”

Hannity agreed that it was a good idea to have a court battle “whether you win or lose.” In response to Coulter’s statement that “it’s always good to have a fight over the courts,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said: “I agree with you, whether you win or lose.”

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