Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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When it comes to selecting someone for an important job, a "lack of negatives" shouldn't be your only consideration...especially if there's no record of "positives."
Yet this is the very standard that Barack Obama has brought to his selection of Elena Kagan as a potential Supreme Court justice. She has never been a judge at any level, never heard a case, never written a decision, and has such a thin trail of paperwork that her judicial philosophies are something of a mystery. But these qualities are being touted as strengths by the president. After all, how can anyone object to the track record of a woman who has no track record?
In fairness, the surgeon who performs his very first surgery might do a great job. A Supreme Court justice who's never previously decided a case might conceivably prove to be competent.
But do we really want to accept the blind risk of giving someone with no experience, no demonstrable track record, and no paper trail a critically important job?
After all, it didn't work out too well when choosing a president.