Much has been made of Elena Kagan’s restrictions on military recruiting while she was dean of Harvard Law School, in protest of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.
But Senator Kirsten Gillibrand–one of the most outspoken critics of DADT–doesn’t think that will be a problem when Ms. Kagan comes before the Senate for confirmation this summer.
“I certainly think it will be discussed, but I think what it shows is the strength of conviction that we shouldn’t tolerate inequality and discrimination in any of our government institutions,” said Ms. Gillibrand, after an entertaining tour of the Whitney Museum with local veterans yesterday. “[The policy] is fundamentally discriminatory and unfair and unconstitutional. And I think it’s immoral.
“I think the educational institutions around the country were trying to make the statement that we don’t support or endorse discrimination in armed services. So I think it showed leadership on her part,” Ms. Gillibrand said.
Does the senator expect a filibuster?
“No, I think she’s going to get confirmed,” Ms. Gillibrand said. “I think she’s a very strong candidate who will truly be able to bring the Court together. She’s someone who’s so persuasive as an advocate, and has a history and a record of creating opportunities for consensus-building and I think she’ll bring that to the Court. I think that will earn her support across the board.”
A spokesman for Ms. Gillibrand said the two haven’t met since the nomination was announced, but are working on plans to meet soon.