From NBC's Michelle Perry and Mark Murray
Republican Sen. John Cornyn -- a member of the Judiciary Commitee that will eventually hear Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's testimony -- says he has real questions about Kagan's experience and her background as an educator.
Cornyn told Savannah Guthrie today on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports": "When the president said he was going to appoint someone who could understand the impact of law on average, everyday people, Elena Kagan is not that person."
When Guthrie asked if Cornyn thought that failed Bush SCOTUS nominee Harriet Miers was more qualified than Kagan, the senator responded: "Certainly, by virtue of her practical legal experience, Ms. Miers had more experience."
(Cornyn is correct that Miers had more experience as a practicing attorney; she at one time was the first female to head a large-sized Texas law firm. But if qualified also means a deep understanding of the Supreme Court and unquestioned knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, then Cornyn's claim is more than arguable.)
Still, Cornyn thinks there is a "probability" Kagan will be confirmed -- and he also said that she will receive a "civilized and dignified hearing."