Nebraska’s Nelson becomes first Democrat to oppose Kagan for Supreme Court

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska said he will vote against confirming Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the first in his party to announce opposition.

Also today, Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire said he will vote for President Barack Obama’s nominee, the fifth Republican to do so.

Nelson said he had heard “concerns” from people in Nebraska about Kagan.

“Her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns raised by Nebraskans, or to reach a level of comfort that these concerns are unfounded,” Nelson said. “Therefore, I will not vote to confirm Ms. Kagan’s nomination.”

Still, Nelson said he would oppose any filibuster of Kagan’s nomination and favor allowing an “up or down vote.” It takes 60 votes to force a final vote. With 59 votes controlled by Democrats and five Republicans in support, Kagan’s nomination would have enough to end a Republican filibuster.

In announcing his support for Kagan, Gregg said she “has pledged that she will exercise judicial restraint and decide each case that comes before her based on the law, with objectivity and without regard to her personal views.”

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  • billbrady

    Bennie from Braska just got the “bunt” sign from Bammer in the dugout. What’s to lose since they have the 5 usual suspects from the GOP salivating at the opportunity to vote another extreme, radical, lefty onto the Court. Methinks however, Nebraskans have long memories and this sleight of hand will not rescue Bennie from his well deserved return to the private sector.

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  • tjd0hwo

    The following care NOT about our constitution (by taking the “word” of Kagan over their duty to the American public for due dilligence):
    Susan Collins, – Maine
    Olympia Snow – Maine
    Dick Lugar – Indiana
    Lindsey Graham – South Carolina
    Judd Gregg – New Hampshire (retiring in January, but not before spitting in our face)
    Defeat each in their next election

  • tjd0hwo

    And Judd believes in the tooth fairy.