Another Last-Minute Bush Appointment
President Bush will not reemerge in public until Tuesday morning, but he has made yet another last-minute appointment. Edwin Smiley Kneedler, a deputy solicitor general, will serve as the acting solicitor general until Barack Obama's pick for the job is confirmed by the Senate.
The president-elect has tapped Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan to serve as the U.S. government's lawyer before the Supreme Court. It's a plum post sometimes referred to as the high court's "10th justice." As The Post recently reported, the solicitor general advises the court on which cases warrant its attention, defends the government and takes positions in cases in which the administration deems it has a stake.
Kagan has earned strong reviews from conservatives and liberals alike and should easily win Senate confirmation, meaning Kneedler's time in his new role should be short.
UPDATE 3:16 p.m. ET: Proving that The Eye is a big fan of transparency and interactivity, let's call out what reader jk08 posted in the comments section below:
Ed Kneedler being named as Acting Solicitor General doesn't belong in the category of "yet another last-minute [Bush] appointment." He's been with the Solicitor General's since 1979 and was with Office of Legal Counsel before that. He was congratulated in March 2008 by Justice Roberts for arging his 100th case before the Supreme Court. In presumably one of its last significant actions as to the Justice Department, the Bush Administration got something right.
Just one reader's opinion. Leave yours below. And whether or not it's right, it's still a last-minute appointment.
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