Guess it Depends on Who Nominates the Blank Slate
The White House [needs to] recognize that, in the absence of any judicial record on her part, in the absence of any significant work that she appears to have done related to Constitutional issues, that she is going to need to be more forthcoming and the White House is going to need to be more forthcoming…[She] is completely a blank slate. ~ Senator Barack Obama on President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court
I’ll grant that Elena Kagan has more “significant work…related to Constitutional issues” than Miers–whose nomination I also opposed because she simply lacked experience–but both are blank slates when it comes to *how* they would actually rule from the bench because, well, neither of them were ever judges. Perhaps there are cases when that’s OK (former Chief Justice William Rehnquist was never a judge, for instance), but I don’t think that it will really fly in a day and age when we all need the right credentials before we do anything!