WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar didn’t officially endorse Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court after the two met today, but in view of the many positive things the Minnesota senator said afterwards, it’s hard to envision a scenario in which she won’t.
Perhaps if Kagan discloses that she was once a Green Bay Packers fan, or if she reveals that she doesn’t like hot dish. But maybe not even then.
“I always wait for the hearings, and the conclusion of the hearings, but I’m very positive about her as a nominee,” Klobuchar said.
There’s Kagan’s “willingness to hear different points of view,” her “real-world experience,” and Klobuchar’s belief that she could be an “intellectual counterweight to [Chief] Justice [John] Roberts.” Basically the same thing Klobuchar has been saying to MSNBC or Fox News in recent days, repeated once more for emphasis.
Klobuchar’s effusive praise came after the two met for about 20 minutes in Klobuchar’s Washington office this afternoon, the last of a series of meetings this week between Kagan and senators who will eventually have to vote on her nomination. A meeting with Al Franken, who like Klobuchar is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has yet to be scheduled but is likely to come next week.
Klobuchar said the two talked broadly about Kagan’s judicial philosophy and respect for precedent, as well as how many cases Kagan might have to recuse herself from (about 10-20) because of her current role as solicitor general. The two didn’t discuss specific cases – “I thought that could come out more at the hearing,” Klobuchar said.
Before the two got down to serious subjects, members of the media were allowed into Klobuchar’s private office to photograph the two. As the cameras were clicking away, Klobuchar told Kagan the tall tale about Paul Bunyan and the formation of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. So if you see a photo in the media of the two talking (including the one above), that’s what they were talking about.