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So you want to be on TV? Obama's nominee Elena Kagan is good with cameras in the Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court building

Can you hear the robed gasps seeping from the secretive Supreme Court building across the street?

This video of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan from Tuesday's Senate confirmation hearing pretty much says it all. It comes, by the way, via TV cameras from within the Senate Judiciary Committee room. No reports yet of structural damage from such video access to the American psyche or democratic system.

Kagan has joined those Americans who think a TV camera in the nation's highest court for oral arguments would be good. Of course, in this case it doesn't really matter what the American people think; it matters what the nine court members think.

If Kagan gets confirmed, that's at least one:

I have said that I think it would be a terrific thing to have cameras in the courtroom ... I think it would be a great thing for the institution, and more important, I think it would be a great thing for the American people.

Hear what she says for yourself right here:

Court cameras wouldn't be bad for C-SPAN either, which graciously provided this video.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Associated Press (the Supreme Court).

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This woman is a superstar!!
She is so funny and bright.
Get her on all the chat shows NOW!
I want to hear more about her.
Great stuff!!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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