In 2005, then-Senator Barack Obama cast doubt on President Bush's pick of Harriet Miers in part because "her [legal] experience does not include serving as a judge" and as such "we have yet to know her views on many of the critical constitutional issues facing our country today."
Yet five years later, after President Obama named his solicitor general -- who has also never served as a judge -- to the Supreme Court, the media are not picking up on the parallels between the Miers pick and Obama's choice of Elena Kagan.
Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell discussed this on today's "Fox & Friends" program in an interview via satellite shortly before 8:30 a.m. EDT [MP3 audio available here].:
Then-Senator Barack Obama was absolutely right, and conservatives, by the way, echoed that position about Harriet Miers when she was named by the president. She didn't have any experience, nobody knew what her record was, and the American people deserved an answer on where she stood on things.
But now that the shoe's on the other foot, and the senator is now the president, he has gone to the opposite extreme on this. He has chosen Elena Kagan, just like Miers, someone with absolutely no experience on the bench, but they're even packaging now, they're packaging the news so that they have a video of her that they gave to the news media. And we know that she plays softball, we know that she likes to play poker, we know nothing about this woman. And the White House is doing everything in its power to control the message.