Bench Memos

Obama’s Embrace of the Kagan Standard

I missed this item last week from Greg Sargent’s Plum Line, which shows that President Obama, as a senator, endorsed the same position as Elena Kagan on the need for a Supreme Court nominee—at least one without judicial experience—to engage in a meaningful discussion of legal issues:

According to several news sources in Nexis, Obama put out this statement in 2005:

Harriet Miers has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, but since her experience does not include serving as a judge, we have yet to know her views on many of the critical constitutional issues facing our country today. In the coming weeks, we’ll need as much information and forthright testimony from Ms. Miers as possible so that the U.S. Senate can make an educated and informed decision on her nomination to the Supreme Court.

H/t Brian Darling.

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