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White House talking points cast Kagan as judicial wallflower

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but only a slight one. Now that Elena Kagan has wrapped up her opening statement, the White House has already circulated a set of talking points to outside surrogates, instructing them to stress her modesty and restraint -- antidotes to GOP efforts to paint her as a raging closet judicial activist.

From the talking points, which were forwarded by a source:

*In her opening statement today, Solicitor General Elena Kagan laid out her belief that the Supreme Court's role in our society is to act as a safeguard to the rule of law by maintaining a commitment to impartiality, principle and restraint; and the role of a Supreme Court justice is to approach each case with even-handedness and fair-mindedness to ensure that everyone who comes before the court receives a fair shake.

* And we heard Kagan draw on her experiences in other branches of our government, which has added to her view that the Court must be properly deferential to the decisions made by the American people and their elected representatives.

* She also explained that the work of her career has taught her that progress is made when we choose to listen to each other, regardless of ideology or political point of view; and that approaching every person and issue with an open mind is the surest way to reaching the right conclusions.

* She vowed that, if confirmed, she would do her best to consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle, and in accordance with law.

As Adam Sorensen notes, Kagan unerringly struck these tones today during her statement. Full talking points here.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 28, 2010; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  Senate Republicans , Supreme Court  
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O/T (sorry).

Greg, John Cole at Balloon Juice gives your Goldberg rant (I mean, post) a thumbs up.

mimi also gets a shout-out for her great comment.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 28, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, BG.

Happy Hour Roundup coming soon.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 28, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I'd say milquetoast, not wallflower. Not as though Kagan is a shrinking violet, but just that she's agreeable and plays well with others.

Posted by: benintn | June 28, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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