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Charles Fried, relieved

Ira Stoll spelunks a now-humorous 2006 quote from the Harvard Law School professor who held Elena Kagan's job under Ronald Reagan.

Mr. Fried fretted that Ms. Kagan's selection as Harvard president could derail another possibility for her, the Supreme Court. "My ambition for her is that when eventually there's a Democratic president, which I suppose there will eventually, unfortunately, have to be, she'd be a first rate candidate for the Supreme Court," he said.

Fried, who voted for Barack Obama, is likely to be one of the most vocal "conservative"* defenders of Kagan, in part because he doesn't ask anything for his endorsement. He doesn't demand that Kagan vote one way or the other on executive power issues. He's just one of the most faithful boosters she's picked up over her career.

*I don't use the quotes to suggest that he isn't, only that he is going to see the Google hits for "Fried" and "conservatives" increase by 10,000 percent or so.

By David Weigel  |  May 10, 2010; 10:19 AM ET
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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