After President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court vacancy, left-leaning democrats immediately started to gripe. Overall, democrats seemed pleased with her nomination. Some, however, do not think that Kagan is liberal enough.
Specifically, some liberals think the nominee needs to be a true liberal heavyweight–a liberal counterpart to Justice Scalia. As noted in the New York Times, Kagan’s nomination may reflect just how much the Court has changed in the last forty years. In the sixties and seventies, the left-sided liberals used the Court as a way to further social change, in the form of rulings on religion, race, and abortion.
Since then, the conservative right has placed more of an emphasis on the Court, and now seemingly seeks to use it effect their own social changes–many of which are rollbacks of previous decisions.
Kagan Nomination Leaves Some Longing on the Left | The New York Times