As a fourth GOP senator expressed an intent to vote for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan when her nomination reaches the Senate floor next week, the Judiciary Committee’s top Republican is stepping up his criticism of Kagan – calling her a “dangerous” nominee and warning lawmakers that voters may punish them if they support her.
His remarks came on the same day Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe announced her support for Kagan.
Snowe said she came to her decision based on Kagan’s “strong intellect, respect for the rule of law, and understanding of the important but limited role of the Supreme Court that I believe is required of any justice.”
Snowe joins GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham, Richard Lugar and Susan Collins in supporting the nominee.
But Sessions said backing Kagan could have negative political ramifications for senators seeking reelection.
“I don’t think the American people are going to hold harmless those who vote to impose a legal progressive, activist legislator from the bench upon them,” Sessions said. “So I’m asking my colleagues to look at this nomination carefully. Do not be a rubber stamp for the president.”
His comments weren’t reserved only for Republicans.
“I’m talking to my Democratic colleagues now,” Sessions said. “It’s your vote. It’s your responsibility to make sure your constituents don’t wake up next year, next year, next year, and find some judge redefining the Constitution to make it say something it was never intended to say. So don’t be a lemming. Review this nomination.”
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