Despite attempts by conservatives to paint U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a liberal radical, actual liberals are upset that Kagan is too middle of the road and won’t be a counterweight to conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. But that fits a pattern of recent nominations. “No Democratic nominee since Thurgood Marshall in 1967 has been the sort of outspoken liberal champion that the left craves, while Justice Scalia has been joined by three other solid conservatives in Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.,” the New York Times reported. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, complained: “Why do the conservatives always get the conservatives, but we don’t get to get the liberals?”
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