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Interest Groups Split Over Kagan Nomination

Updated: 2:35 p.m.

Solicitor General Elena Kagan is receiving mixed marks on Monday from interest groups, which are splitting largely down ideological lines for President Barack Obama’s latest Supreme Court nominee.

The Alliance for Justice, a Democratic-leaning group, said in a statement that Kagan “will bring to the court a respect for core constitutional values and a willingness to stand up for the rights of ordinary Americans.”

“In these troubled economic times, Americans want to know that those appointed to the bench understand the impact the Court’s decisions have on their lives, and that our judiciary does not favor the wealthy and powerful,” the group’s President Nan Aron said. “With the sharp turn the Court has taken in recent years toward protecting corporate interests, we urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to use the confirmation process to directly address the bread-and-butter issues that come before the Court and which affect the lives and livelihoods of the American people.”

Meanwhile, the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative group, criticized the Kagan pick as just the latest attempt by the Obama White House “to pack the court with reliable liberal votes to rubber-stamp an agenda that he knows the American people would not accept.”

“Senators have a solemn duty to thoroughly examine each nominee’s views and to reject those who would not fairly apply the law, but would redefine it to accommodate their own values and beliefs,” Carrie Severino, Judicial Crisis Network’s lawyer, said in a statement. “In the past Solicitor General Kagan has advocated Senate hearings that thoroughly examine a nominee’s judicial philosophy; senators must hold her to her own standard, particularly given the scant record of her personal viewpoints she has carefully maintained.”

“Nothing less than the Constitution itself is at stake,” she added.

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