Kagan to World: Don’t Ask Me Anything Revealing!
Roger blogged below about how Kagan called in 1995 for substantive questioning of Supreme Court nominees. Just in time to avoid being asked such questions herself, she’s changed her mind:
The White House Monday said that Supreme Court nominee won’t follow her own advice from 1995 in answering questions on specific legal cases or issues, supporting Kagan’s flip flop on the issue that she first made a year ago.
Kagan wrote in 1995 that the confirmation process had become a “charade” because nominees were not answering direct questions, and said they should have to do so.
But during a briefing with reporters in the White House, Ron Klain, a top legal adviser to Vice President Joe Biden who played a key role in helping President Obama choose Kagan, said that she no longer holds this opinion.
Klain pointed to Kagan’s testimony during confirmation hearings for her current job as solicitor general, the government’s top lawyer.
“She was asked about it and said that both the passage of time and her perspective as a nominee had given her a new appreciation and respect for the difficulty of being a nominee, and the need to answer questions carefully,” Klain said, prompting laughter from a few reporters.
What a pathetic charade on Obama’s part. Appoint someone who has no paper trail. Have her “change her mind” about being asked anything to offset said lack of paper trail. Ask progressives to trust you that you know what you’re doing.
I, for one, don’t trust Obama in the least. I’m obviously disappointed that he is foregoing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to place a genuine progressive on the Court in favor of nominating someone that the right thinks is the least-bad option. But I’m not surprised. Will Kagan move the Court to the right on national-security issues? It certainly seems that way. Is that a bad thing from Obama’s perspective? Not a chance. He will almost certainly be President for another six years; do you think he wants a Justice who will follow in Stevens’ footsteps and limit his ability to detain and kill people?
Do I even need to answer that question?