Elena Kagan is "a home run," says David Greenberg

Historians in the News

"I think it's a home run."

That was the reaction of David Greenberg, professor of history and journalism at Rutgers University, to the news that President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

"She's young, liberal, eminently qualified and personally appealing," Greenberg added.

So at age 50, Solictor General Kagan becomes only the fourth woman nominated to the nation's highest court; two of those nominations coming within the last nine months, strengthening even further President Obama's appeal to women (a mighty and growing voting bloc), but a nominee who comes with limited judicial experience and some controversial opinions such as opposing previous administrations' bans against gays serving in the military and denying trials to military combatants....

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