Obama’s SCOTUS pick to be announced Monday?
Intriguing news, via Mike Allen:
DRIVING NEXT WEEK — Look for President Obama to name his Supreme Court pick Monday, and look for it to be Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a former Harvard Law dean. The pick isn’t official, but top White House aides will be shocked if it’s otherwise. Kagan’s relative youth (50) is a huge asset for the lifetime post. And President Obama considers her to be a persuasive, fearless advocate who would serve as an intellectual counterweight to Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia, and could lure swing Justice Kennedy into some coalitions The West Wing may leak the pick to AP’s Ben Feller on the later side Sunday, then confirm it for others for morning editions. For now, aides say POTUS hasn’t decided, to their knowledge. Kagan pic and bio
In a post aptly titled “The stealth law professor”, Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff writes about Kagan here and after reading that, she sounds like she would be a Harriet Miers-type nominee to me, one whose legal record is not very extensive and not easy to judge (pun not intended) outside of her apparent stance on legal issues related to the gay community and campus military recruiting. National Review’s Bench Memos blogger Ed Whelan has been writing extensively about Kagan for months, and you can read his opinion – and those of others on the left and right – about her here.