Elena Kagan Seems to be in Justice Stevens’ Camp on Citizens United

The Center for Competitive Politics points to these two passages from Politico and The Hill, both of which report on Sen. Specter’s accounts of his conversation with Kagan. Interesting, though not surprising.

A broader question: Would this suggest that she would be similarly forthcoming when asked about other issues, without the now-usual response of “I can’t comment on a matter that might come before me”? Would it suggest that Senators would be freer to prod her on such matters, on the theory that “You answered Sen. Spector’s questions, now please answer mine”? Or would they distinguish closed-door answers (relayed via a Senator’s own characterization of the conversation) from public answers at a committee hearing?

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