Obama 2005: A “blank slate” Court nominee must be extra forthcoming in hearings; Update: WH blocks NYT from interviewing brother

posted at 8:00 pm on May 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart, 24-karat audio gold mined from the depths of podcast hell by Naked Emperor News. Reminders of Obama’s Senate record on judicial nominations are always lots of fun, just because it’s an area where he did some of his most shameless, appalling pandering to the left. Remember when he acknowledged that Roberts and Alito were super-qualified but insisted he had to vote no because they didn’t have enough “empathy” ‘n stuff? Remember how he actually voted to filibuster Alito, a move that would have our low-rent in-the-tank national media reaching for smelling salts if the GOP pulled it against Kagan? All of that was Obama’s way of sucking up to his base ahead of his presidential campaign; what a joy to be able to use it — and this — against him now for a nominee whom even his biggest toady in the blogosphere describes as embodying “a new level of utter blankness.” Think the bit about being extra forthcoming still holds?

Incidentally, Scott Brown sounds like he’s perfectly satisfied with Kagan’s position on military recruiters, so if you’re dreaming of an Obama-esque filibuster in this case, dream on.

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?


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In contrast to a blank slate state legislature running for president.

rob verdi on May 13, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Again with this ‘Here’s what Obama said…blah,blah’…

What Obama said 2 hours ago don’t mean a Goddamn thing…

BigWyo on May 13, 2010 at 8:06 PM

RedState has her college thesis…read the last two pages. She’s a socialist.

califdreamnred on May 13, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Rubber stamp dictator judge.

Inanemergencydial on May 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

President Obama and his supporters better get used to this song because it could end up being the anthem leading to 2012 when we take America back.

dnlchisholm on May 13, 2010 at 8:13 PM

I dislike Obama so much. He’s such a shameless asswipe I can’t even stand it.

taney71 on May 13, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Naked Emperor News.

I love NEN, they do great work.

upinak on May 13, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Machiavelli would be proud.

CWforFreedom on May 13, 2010 at 8:19 PM

But does she like chicken wings?

SouthernGent on May 13, 2010 at 8:19 PM

That was then this is now, besides 05 was a different president.

Skandia Recluse on May 13, 2010 at 8:19 PM

The Destroyer cannot be bothered with 2005………that is Bush era. This is a new age. And you’re a racist for even bringing this previous quote up.

PappyD61 on May 13, 2010 at 8:21 PM

blocked from interviewing?

Dude what kind of tin pot dictatorship do we live in?

Inanemergencydial on May 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Illinios Senators Burris & Durban have a bill coming up soon to make it unlawful to play any of Obama’s previous remarks that don’t support Obama’s current political strategies. It’s a coin toss on to what the bill is to be called… (TWTTIN) “That Was Then, This Is Now,” or (DAARTDMA) “Don’t Ask About Remarks That Don’t Matter Anymore.”

Americannodash on May 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM

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

Maybe they should be playing Xbox…

ninjapirate on May 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM

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.

Since when does the White House have jurisdiction over freedom of speech? Since when does the media formally require permission from Obama to ask a private citizen a question? Under what law or rule is this allowed?

Guardian on May 13, 2010 at 8:27 PM

blocked from interviewing?

Dude what kind of tin pot dictatorship do we live in?

Inanemergencydial on May 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Whoa!! How does that work??? Is this normal???

They can prevent the press from interviewing people???

REally???

BigWyo on May 13, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Only Barack Obama, who ran for president just two years into his first senate term and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for accomplishments to be named later, could make inexperience a virtue.

Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court precisely because, unlike every nominee since 1971, she was never a judge.

Given her lack of a judicial record and a very few published law review articles, Americans need to scrutinize every little thing we know about her.

Here’s a tidbit JewishWorldReview.com discovered that could foreshadow how she might rule on the bench.

As articles editor for the Harvard Law Review in 1985 Kagan helped shepherd into print a racially noxious story by a radical law professor and architect of Critical Race Studies, which is essentially “blame whitey” in legal vernacular.

This was no literary fiction. It was the kind of story that would never get past Tina Brown at the New Yorker. What Derrick Bell, the author, was doing, observes legal scholar Arthur Austin, was “making broadside comments on the tyranny of white people.”

Kagan was his enabler. She helped get something published that turned on all kinds of noxious sentiments about society and a relativistic view of the law.

MB4 on May 13, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Is her brother a Marxist too?

d1carter on May 13, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Pffft…we must quit expecting any thing straight forward from the WH…they LIE and do not give a sh*t

winston on May 13, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Darn all this technology

macncheez on May 13, 2010 at 8:30 PM

I hope people are looking deep into this gals past. If this bho and team is doing all this, there must be a major something out there. I have never seen anything like this in my way over the hill years in our Republic. But I have never seen anything like this bho either! I have read about something like him though.
L

letget on May 13, 2010 at 8:31 PM

But does she like chicken wings?

SouthernGent on May 13, 2010 at 8:19 PM

You betcha!

ray on May 13, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Yah, I’m not understanding the thing about keeping a private citizen from giving an interview to a private media outlet, I wasn’t aware the executive branch had that sort of power.

Or is this yet another example of a “living, breathing” Constitution that can be interpreted however PBHO needs to interpret it?

Bishop on May 13, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Will November be a year to Remember ??? The song –Do you remember ….

wheels on May 13, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Incidentally, Scott Brown sounds like he’s perfectly satisfied with Kagan’s position on military recruiters

Is Scott Brown also perfectly satisfied with Frau Kagan’s attempts to foment racial hate?

MB4 on May 13, 2010 at 8:34 PM

But does she like chicken wings?

SouthernGent on May 13, 2010 at 8:19 PM

I’m thinking her fav is … pie.

LEBA on May 13, 2010 at 8:35 PM

As for Scottie, how many people still want to get in early for the best seats on the “Scott Brown 2012″ bandwagon?

Bishop on May 13, 2010 at 8:35 PM

*Illinois

Americannodash on May 13, 2010 at 8:36 PM

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.

Why?
Is it a normal practice for media , in cases of WH nominees ? Or is this something NYT does ?

macncheez on May 13, 2010 at 8:36 PM

blocked from interviewing?

Dude what kind of tin pot dictatorship do we live in?

Inanemergencydial on May 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM

The WH has overstepped its boundaries on so many levels it’s truly disturbing. And if anyone in the media dares to call them on it there’s Gibbs to tell them he’s not going to comment about it.

scalleywag on May 13, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Under what law or rule is this allowed?

Guardian on May 13, 2010 at 8:27 PM

I am not sure what it is called. They had it in Germany in the thirties and into the forties. I guess we have it now.

MB4 on May 13, 2010 at 8:37 PM

But does she like chicken wings?

SouthernGent on May 13, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Maybe fish tacos

*ducks*

macncheez on May 13, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Obama’s agenda to destroy America as it was and emplace his vision of utopia unfolding and we like sheeple aren’t stopping it.

Inanemergencydial on May 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

As for Scottie, how many people still want to get in early for the best seats on the “Scott Brown 2012″ bandwagon?

I tried to sell mine on E-Bay. No bids. I was able to sell my Frisbee though.

Murphy9 on May 13, 2010 at 8:41 PM

courtesy of the Washington Post:

Kagan opined that

when the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce.”

She thought that executive branch nominees, “for whom ‘independence’ is no virtue,” really deserved to be grilled.

Those statements apparently are no longer operative.

Kagan, the dean of the Harvard Law School, told the lawmakers she had endeavored to answer their questions but acknowledged: “I am . . . less convinced than I was in 1995 that substantive discussions of legal issues and views, in the context of nomination hearings, provide the great public benefits I [previously] suggested.”

heroyalwhyness on May 13, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Does anyone doubt that if a Republican Supreme Court nominee had helped edit a law review article that stereotyped blacks the way Bell’s piece did whites he would be harshly criticized?
- Evan Gahr

MB4 on May 13, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Incidentally, Scott Brown sounds like he’s perfectly satisfied with Kagan’s position

Yea he’s a squish, but still better than Croakley by a mile. Keep in mind that the House has passed some 240+ bills that are languishing in the Senate — many of which just the presence of Brown keeps from being brought to the floor.

Might as well get used to saying ‘Justice Kagan.’

GnuBreed on May 13, 2010 at 8:48 PM

And the NYT complies. How sweet.

SouthernGent on May 13, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Culture of Corruption is an understatement with this White House… is that racist to say “White” House ….

wheels on May 13, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Check this out about her deeds against 9-11 victims

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=152949

macncheez on May 13, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Might as well get used to saying ‘Justice Kagan.’

GnuBreed on May 13, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Throws up in mouth!

bluemarlin on May 13, 2010 at 8:52 PM

It would be nice to know who exactly in the administration was uncomfortable with the interview.

If only this was a nation with a free press, then someone might actually ask Gibbs at the next presser why the WH feels it can block interviews.

Bishop on May 13, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Sounds like another assignment for the Dynamic Duo, O’Keefe and Giles.

faraway on May 13, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Redstate digs up her socialism-praising senior thesis before the WH could have Princeton put a lid on it

Wethal on May 13, 2010 at 9:00 PM

American Spectator had it first. Elena Kagan, radical marxist. Like I said, if you accept the gay agenda you accept marxism.

To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900-1933

True_King on May 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM

So the NYTimes needs permission from the WH to report a story on something of no vital interest to national security… and the Times is going to bend over??

D2Boston on May 13, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Of course, any of the parents would be able to video the class during one of their visits (calling parents…)

faraway on May 13, 2010 at 9:28 PM

If you dig too deep your racist and homophobic. A perfect storm for the on their knees state run media!

If the Repubs won’t filibuster this obviously unqualified socialist they must be voted OUT!

dhunter on May 13, 2010 at 9:32 PM

This is the new strategy of the Democrats, nominate people with no record so Republicans can’t attack them on principles, since they have no clue what those principles are.

Perhaps, the Republican strategy should be to hold Elena Kagan to the Obama standard, and keep asking questions until she’s forthcoming!!!

bflat879 on May 13, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Just more of the same from El Presidente Hypocrite.

GarandFan on May 13, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I for one am looking forward to Paul Blart on the Supreme Court. I bet there will be crotch jokes and talking animals and everything. Just like our new health care, this pick is gonna be awesome!

Hopefully no sarc tag is needed.

Gatsu on May 13, 2010 at 9:50 PM

There are a few hints but this woman is looking more and more like a “sleeper cell” socialist. Does she have any soros connections or ayres. She’s looking like her boss a manchurian candidate.She could be more radical than he is. They go way back and I’m not getting a tingle up my leg.

tim c on May 13, 2010 at 9:51 PM

I hope people are looking deep into this gals past. If this bho and team is doing all this, there must be a major something out there.

letget on May 13, 2010 at 8:31 PM

I agree completely. Deep as this horse crap is, there’s gotta be a pony in here somewhere.

petefrt on May 13, 2010 at 9:52 PM

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.

What right does the WH have on this?

Pravda, how great thou are…

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2010 at 9:59 PM

So lemme get this

NYT published terrorist-surveillance story
even after WH said DON’T DO IT.

NYT buckles on a softyfluffy story about a stealth commie
after WH said DON’T DO IT.
Hmmmmmm

macncheez on May 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

What right does the WH have on this?

Pravda, how great thou are…

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2010 at 9:59 PM

My thought exactly (except with better grammar). Who asked them anyway?

29Victor on May 13, 2010 at 10:20 PM

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.

Since when does the White House have a say over whether or not a high school teacher can talk to the media? Mr. Kagan agreed, his bosses agreed, but Obama says “no” and everyone obeys?

WTF?!

rokemronnie on May 13, 2010 at 10:39 PM

but she added that all media requests now had to be given final approval by the White House

Welcome to the USSA, a banana republic.

Daggett on May 13, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Under what law or rule is this allowed?

Guardian on May 13, 2010 at 8:27 PM

I am not sure what it is called. They had it in Germany in the thirties and into the forties. I guess we have it now.

MB4 on May 13, 2010 at 8:37 PM


So I guess we can expect the thought police to be along any time to pick us up for unhealthy thoughts about the One?

And here we thought we had things like freedom of speech, separation of powers, and the rule of law – what’s next, dogs and cats living together?

jackal40 on May 13, 2010 at 10:58 PM

mined from the depths of podcast hell by Naked Emperor News.

Who are those heroes at NEN? I hope they’re well paid.

itsnotaboutme on May 13, 2010 at 11:14 PM

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

And the NYT just said oh OK, we’ll just run our puff piece without the interview?

Can you say state run media or maybe charismatic leader syndrome, or maybe drooling brown nose reporter.

Speakup on May 13, 2010 at 11:45 PM

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.

Since when does the White House have jurisdiction over freedom of speech? Since when does the media formally require permission from Obama to ask a private citizen a question? Under what law or rule is this allowed?

Guardian on May 13, 2010 at 8:27 PM

The question is this: Since when did White House authority run all the way through to a NYC public high school??????

Ira on May 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM

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

They’re afraid the NYT will leak the interview on X-Box!

TN Mom on May 13, 2010 at 11:51 PM

And the NYT complies. How sweet.

SouthernGent on May 13, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Well it’s not like printing leaked national security details during war time or anything. So in this case they can wait for permission.

Lily on May 14, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Can you say, “STATE-RUN MEDIA“?

Melba Toast on May 14, 2010 at 6:20 AM

oops, hehe,
sorry

Speakup on May 13, 2010 at 11:45 PM

you already said that. i should have read comments before i posted mine.

Melba Toast on May 14, 2010 at 6:23 AM

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.”

Hey, as long as I have plenty of grass to eat, and there’s not too much pee on it…I’m fine!

Baaaa-aaaaa

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 14, 2010 at 6:26 AM

Every day I pray the last card will be stacked on this extremely fragile house o’cards…and it will all come tumblin’ down.

Really. How much more hypocrisy from the left can we take?

Grace_is_sufficient on May 14, 2010 at 6:45 AM

Leave her family alone! I would hate to see those eveel repubs make Kagan’s husband cry the way the dems reduced Mrs. Alito to tears. Oh wait…/

Brat on May 14, 2010 at 8:32 AM

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.

What. The. Fuck?

Since when does a private school, with a private news organization wanting to observe a private citizen, not up for a government job, have to have federal government approval to observe said private citizen teach a class?

Not merely fascism, but jack-booted thug fascism territory.

rbj on May 14, 2010 at 8:35 AM

blocked from interviewing?

Dude what kind of tin pot dictatorship do we live in?

Inanemergencydial on May 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Whoa!! How does that work??? Is this normal???

They can prevent the press from interviewing people???

REally???

BigWyo on May 13, 2010 at 8:28 PM

It’s called ‘State Run Media’, or ‘Our Emperors Media’, like Rush Limbaugh says.

Cybergeezer on May 14, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Remember when he acknowledged that Roberts and Alito were super-qualified but insisted he had to vote no because they didn’t have enough “empathy” ‘n stuff?</blockquote>

so principled he is…./

ted c on May 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Isn’t there something about freedom of the press in the 1st amendment of The Constitution?

Wade on May 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM

You just gotta wonder if the media is going to continue to sit still for this censorship.

Even if as a group they agree with the administration’s agenda, individual journalists have to be balking at the lack of transparency. After all, it’s how they make their living.

Queen0fCups on May 14, 2010 at 11:55 AM