Byron York, chief political correspondent at the Washington Examiner, wrote a piece entitled:
The GOP's dilemma: Fight Kagan or go along?
Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters believe it is fair for a U.S. senator to oppose an otherwise qualified court nominee because of disagreements over ideology or judicial philosophy.
If more than half of those polled believe it is "fair" for a senator to oppose the nomination, why are we talking about a dilemma? Oppose the nomination on principle! Examine the nominee with scrutiny, and determine whether the law of this land is in jeopardy of being besmirched by an ideology in opposition to long standing tradition of upholding the Constitution of the United States of America. What is the problem?
We are a country founded on Constitutional principles that respect a Creator, a life giving and loving Creator. This should matter, morality should matter, ethics should matter, the ability to abide by the founding principle should matter. I expect those that I have elected to office to hold those principles in high regard.
We need to tell them we expect that. If Starrs and Estrada can write letters, then we should, too. You can contact your representatives to make your voice heard. If you are on Facebook, join the group to oppose the Kagan nomination -- news and information can be found there with regard to this important issue.
Elena Kagan should not just slip through the process because Republicans see no hope in defeating the nomination. Republicans, regardless of their ability to fend off this nomination should fight because it is THE RIGHT THING TO DO! I would hope and expect that they would also pray to the Holy Spirit to guide them safely through this battle. Where defeat, by human standards, looks imminent, with God all things are possible. (Cf. Mt 19:26)
Are we a party that has summarily lost hope?
This attitude cannot be permitted. Principled values matter -- it is up to us to make those values clear, to live by them, to stand for them, and to express them in a way that will inspire others to want to embrace them.
I see no dilemma here, just inaction.