I thought this sounded bad when I heard the sound byte Ed Schultz played in his Psycho Talk segment. I missed the Larry King Show on CNN the night this aired. After going back and watching the whole thing, Bay Buchanan's hackery about Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor was even worse than the short bit Ed Schultz played.
I'm no fan of David Gergen or James Carville, but they were right to call out Buchanan for her ridiculous arguments here. She loves Harriet Miers and Antonin Scalia but calls Kagan and Sotomayor "not the best and the brightest" as choices for the Supreme Court. As I noted in the other post, there are plenty of reasons someone that someone might object to Kagan's nomination, but calling her stupid isn't one of them. Both of these women are as bright and as qualified as anyone else sitting on that court. As James Carville pointed out in this segment prior to the part I posted, the biggest diversity problem the Supreme Court has now is that there is no one on there who's not a graduate from Harvard or Yale.
As Ed noted in his Psycho Talk segment, this attack is coming from someone who who praised Palin as a great choice for a Vice Presidential candidate and who was singing the praises of her accomplishments. Bay is about as credible as her brother who's got a bad crush on Sarah McQuittyWhileIRakeInTheBucks Palin. They've both got a love affair with the stoopid while trashing those who aren't if they don't fit into their political slant. It's really quite pathetic to watch since it's so transparent.
WOLF BLITZER: Bay Buchanan, do you agree with James on that?
BAY BUCHANAN: I do. I do agree with him, absolutely, Wolf. But I think there's another issue here. It's not -- and that will be used in this debate. The fact that it helps define Democrats and Obama as elitist. Everything is Ivy League. That's what makes you important.
This woman doesn't have any -- she's a blank sheet. The difference between her and Harriet Miers is Ivy League. That's it. And so, you have to wonder, is she truly qualified? Where are the writings?
If you're an academic, you write, you give your opinions, you develop, you know, motivation, certain philosophy. Where is it? There's nothing there.
And so, I have to think that this is just -- this is a very weak appointment.
BLITZER: In fairness and I let David Gergen, pick this up.
David, she was the dean of the Harvard Law School. She was on associate counsel at the Clinton White House. She's a professor of law and the first woman solicitor general in the Justice Department.
DAVID GERGEN: Well, Wolf -- listen, I had the privilege to go to Harvard Law School. I'm a product of the elite schools. But I do agree with the general proposition that James advance, that it's important for the country to have all parts of the country and there are many other law schools. Bay Buchanan has a child at Stanford right now, first class law school. Chicago, there are many other law schools. So, I do think that.
But I also want to put in a word for Elena Kagan who is an excellent nominee. She is no Harriet Miers -- come on, give me a break. She was -- you know, she clerked at the court of appeals level. She clerked at the Supreme Court level. She's -- you know, she has worked at high levels in government.
She was not only an outstanding law professor but she was the first woman to being named dean of Harvard Law School, and conservatives, like Charles Fried, who is solicitor general under Ronald Reagan have written glowing reports about her deanship. She was on the short list to be a president of Harvard University. Probably good for her that she wasn't selected. She would have never made to the Supreme Court.
But she's got outstanding credentials. We've been arguing for years -- every person on the Supreme Court beyond her came up through the court of appeals. We wanted somebody with different kind of experience. President Obama has chosen someone like that.