Politico: Kagan Will Face Questions on Harvard Military Recruitment Policy

BY Hari Sreenivasan  May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM EDT

Politico White House editor Craig Gordon stopped by the Rundown Tuesday to give us a look at their reporting on President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court.

Gordon told us that one issue that might cause the most controversy at Kagan’s upcoming confirmation hearings could be her decision as Harvard Law dean to reinstate a policy barring military recruiters from using the school’s main recruitment office over the military’s ban on openly gay service members.

“I think there’s some folks even on the left who are little uncomfortable with this particular decision – you’re talking about the military during a time when two wars are going on. You could make an argument that folks from Harvard Law are the best and brightest in the country are the exact type of people you’d love to have leading the military,” Gordon said.

Gordon also said that an issue likely to be raised by Republicans is that Kagan is part of the American elite who is unlike average citizens. “She’s a person who grew up on the Upper West side of Manhattan, went to some of the most elite colleges in the nation, actually ran arguably one of the most elite law schools in the nation, Harvard Law, worked inside the Clinton administration. This is not a person who has been bagging groceries at Wal-Mart or anything,” Gordon said.