Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday Update: On Nominees' Forthcoming-ness (Or Lack Of)

I thought I'd start today a bit differently, with a couple of short updates on topics we've been kicking around over the past few days. First off is a very interesting video contrasting Barack Obama commenting about a 'blank slate' Supreme Court nominee from the Right...

and Barack Obama commenting about a 'blank slate' Supreme Court nominee from the Left, via Hot air:

Update: Remember — extra “forthcoming.”

The New York Times received permission on Tuesday from Hunter College High School in Manhattan, Elena Kagan’s alma mater, to observe a constitutional law class there taught by her brother Irving. We thought it would be intriguing to watch the give and take between Mr. Kagan, who is known as a passionate and interactive educator, and his students on his first day back after witnessing his sister’s nomination in Washington.

Mr. Kagan, who is also a Hunter alumnus, did not have a problem with the idea, a school spokeswoman said, but she added that all media requests now had to be given final approval by the White House. The times were tentatively set: there was either an 8:52 a.m. class or a 9:36 a.m. class on Wednesday. “I thought it would have been great,” said the spokeswoman, Meredith Halpern.

But when presented with the idea, the White House balked.

Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman, said that the administration was “uncomfortable with the idea at this time.”

Her cousin’s suddenly not talking to reporters either. How about it, champ?

Huh. How about that.

There's my two cents.

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