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June 30, 2010

Elena Kagan: Well, That Looks Like My Handwriting On That Memo, But Gee I Don't Know What You're Talking About

Dear Lord.

The memo, reported yesterday by National Review, has caused a stir in conservative circles because it appeared that Kagan, then a White House policy aide, put words in the medical group’s mouth in order to soften its position on the controversial procedure. But when Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch brought the subject up with Kagan, he had a hard time getting her to admit that she did, in fact, write the document in question.

“Did you write that memo?” Hatch asked.

“Senator, with respect,” Kagan began, “I don’t think that that’s what happened — ”

“Did you write that memo?”

“I’m sorry — the memo which is?

“The memo that caused them to go back to the language of ‘medically necessary,’ which was the big issue to begin with — ”

“Yes, well, I’ve seen the document —

“But did you write it?”

“The document is certainly in my handwriting.”

Emphasis added. This is not just politics (which, for whatever reason, we're supposed to pretend we don't take into account). This is demonstrating a clear preference for deception over truth.

The original shenanigans were the first proof of unethical and shady behavior. And now her Vinnie Barbarino act -- "What? Who? Where?" -- is further proof of her fundamental determination to lie and game the system.

She is without candor -- a key prerequisite for a lifetime judicial appointment.


More at the link, via Gabe.

Sounds like she got some interview prep from Hillary Clinton, who famously claimed she didn't remember Whitewater, despite having herself billed hours on it, because she only knew it by its three-letter billing code and never once heard the word "Whitewater."


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