White House talking points stress Kagan's bio, bipartisan appeal
A source forward the White House talking points on Elena Kagan that are being distributed to outside allies, instructing them on how to make the case for her in the media, and they give us a clue to the White House's strategy.
The White House will point to her bipartisan appeal to neutralize GOP efforts to paint her as liberal based on her opposition to military recruiters on campus:
Leader who Inspires the Confidence and Support of Democrats and Republicans
With an unparalleled ability to bring together people of different backgrounds and beliefs, she has earned praise across the political spectrum for her fair-mindedness, even-handedness, and insistence that all views deserve a respectful hearing. Every Solicitor General over the last quarter century -- Democrats and Republicans -- wrote a letter of support for her nomination as Solicitor General, noting her "brilliant intellect," "candor," and the "high regard in which she is held by persons of a wide variety of political and social views." And her nomination to the Supreme Court is receiving similarly wide support from members of the legal community acrossvthe ideological spectrum.
And the White House talking points stress her bio to neutralize any questions on the left about her ideological leanings:
A Product of a Family that Prized Education and Service to Others
Elena's father was a housing lawyer devoted to the rights of tenants. Her mother was a public school teacher committed to helping her students realize their potential. They sent Elena to an all-girls public high-school where she learned that she could achieve any goal she sought. Following in her parents' footsteps, Elena became a lawyer like her father, using her legal training to serve others, and a beloved teacher like her mother, inspiring the next generation of students to use their legal training to improve lives and communities.
There, in a nutshell, is the White House's challenge: Hail her as a consensus builder with appeal to Republicans, a quality prized enough by Obama to outweigh her lack of judicial experience, while simultaneously reassuring liberals that, by instinct, she's one of them.
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