Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson, America’s Most Annoying Senator, will vote against Elena Kagan, because — well, the “reason” he gives is completely unimportant, because he is just voting against her to prove that he is not a socialist, like the president.
Nelson will vote for cloture, though, so this is an entirely symbolic gesture, and what it symbolizes is, “Ben Nelson is an obnoxious political coward.”
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Elena Kagan is the 45th Solicitor General of the United States, confirmed in March 2009. Prior to her confirmation, she was the 11th Dean of Harvard Law School. Among her previous positions is a stint at the White House, from 1995-99, where she served as a counselor.
Kagan received her
bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton in 1981. She attended Worcester College, Oxford, and then Harvard Law School, where she was supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1986.