On Fox News this morning, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Obama “should withdraw” Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination. While calling her an “anti-military” nominee for upholding Harvard’s policy of prohibiting employers who discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, Gingrich got side-tracked for a moment and engaged in a Harvard-bashing critique:
On the one hand, Harvard accepts money from Saudis. Saudi Arabia, by the way, executes homosexuals. Saudi Arabia represses women. Saudi Arabia does not allow Christians or Jews to practice their religion, but Saudi money is fine.
As ThinkProgress has repeatedly documented, Fox is funded by a wealth of Saudi money. Saudi oil tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns a 7 percent stake in Fox News’ parent company News Corp, making him the largest shareholder outside the family of CEO Rupert Murdoch. Alwaleed has boasted in the past about forcing Fox News to change its content. Gingrich, of course, has been a paid Fox News contributor for over a decade.
Laura Bush endorsed Kagan’s nomination on Fox News. “I think it’s great,” she said. “I’m really glad that there will be three [women] if she’s confirmed. I like to have women on the Supreme Court.”
,Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter told CNN that he hasn’t made up his mind on Kagan yet. “I want to listen to her; I want to confer with my clients,” he said.