Republicans citing Elena Kagan’s lack of judicial experience should note that neither sitting Justice Antonin Scalia (in photo) nor retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has a problem with it. Both were nominated by President Reagan. “I think it’s fine. Just fine,” O’Connor said today on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” also saying that former Harvard Law School dean Kagan seems “very well qualified academically.” A day earlier, Scalia said in a lecture in Washington, D.C., that he was “pleased to see the most recent nominee come from outside the federal judiciary and indeed the judiciary as a whole.” He also characterized as “dangerous” the European systems in which “people go right from a clerkship to a junior judgeship” and then are promoted to higher courts, because they result in a judiciary of “the ultimate bureaucrats.”
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