Borking Kagan Over Barak?

Posted on June 23, 2010

Politico reports that former U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork has attacked Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee for the Court, because……she effusively praised former Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak.

Now, it is certainly true that Chief Justice Barak was a proud and aggressive judicial activist who led the Israeli Supreme Court into making decisions many questioned – and we were among the many doing so.

But it is also true that Kagan praised Barak in the course of introducing him to an audience at the Harvard Law School – when she was Dean – isn’t that typical social convention? Event current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia did the same for Justice Barak.

Israel gets pulled into enough disputes around the world these days, and its Supreme Court continues to spark debates too.

Can’t Judge Bork and the rest of Kagan’s opponents find something else – and less bizarre – to attack her with?