Kagan called on to be explicit about her vision for the Supreme Court
Elena Kagan has been very critical of aspects of the confirmation process in the past, notably critiquing candidates for failure to be fully candid about their specific values and vision for the court. In a 1995 article, Kagan referred to such hearings as a "vapid and hollow charade, in which repetition of platitudes has replaced discussion of viewpoints and personal anecdotes have supplanted legal analysis".  Given Kagan's lack of judicial rulings to refer to in judging her qualifications to the Supreme Court, Linda Greenhouse  and the editorial board of the New York Times  and Neomi Rao of the Wall Street Journal , among others , are calling for Kagan to be as open as possible during her hearings.
- Elena Kagan "Confirmation Messes, Old and New", The University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 62, No. 2, p. 24 (Spring, 1995)
- New York Times:Opinionator Linda Greehouse "Just Answer the Question", May 10, 2010
- New York Times "Searching for Elena Kagan", May 10, 2010
- Wall Street Journal "Elena Kagan and the 'Hollow Charade'", May 11, 2010
- Gavel Grab "Revisiting What Kagan Labeled the Confirmation ‘Charade’", May 11, 2010