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Tue., July 20, 2010, 1:16 p.m.

Kagan moves on

The conservative website GOPUSA called on South Carolinians to hang their heads in shame over Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham's decision to vote in favor of confirming Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Graham, the ranking Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was the only Republican to vote for confirmation today.

Graham, explaining his decision, clearly was focused on evaluating Kagan's ability, her intelligence, her legal scholarship -- not her politics, with which he obviously has many differences. 

His remarks struck me as a call for civility and reason in spite of ideological differences.  Unlike the polarization exemplified at, Graham reflected an appreciation that diversity of thinking can make us stronger rather than breaking us apart.


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