Only CBS IDs Kagan As On Left; Others Tout Her As ‘Powerhouse,’ ‘Accomplished Poker Player, Opera Lover’ Who ‘Loves Softball’
Professor Michael McConnell voices his support for the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court:
In quite a contrast to the immediate tagging of the Bush and Obama Supreme Court nominees as “conservative” (and that includes Sonya Sotomayor), on Monday night ABC and NBC refrained from applying any ideological description to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan while CBS snuck in one. CBS's Jan Crawford declared “her career has put her solidly on the left,” but contended “she will have significant conservative support among academics and lawyers” and warned “that support alarms some liberals.”
Amongst the non-ideological superlatives: ABC's Diane Sawyer trumpeted the “historic nomination” of the “five foot three inch powerhouse,” CBS's Crawford insisted “her interests reflect her openness. She loves softball and poker” (poker reflects “openness”?) and NBC's Pete Williams hailed her as an “accomplished poker player, opera lover.”
... She worked as a lawyer in the Clinton White House, but she will have significant conservative support among academics and lawyers. Michael McConnell was a leading conservative judge.
McCONNELL: Most lawyers of conservative bent as well as moderates or liberals will see this as an outstanding appointment.