Ted Olson: On the expert express?

Pundits, law professors and assorted experts were honing their soundbites last week, or even longer — and sending us e-mails advertising their “availability” — in anticipation of this or that Supreme Court ruling coming down this week.


Ted Olson, a famed Supreme Court litigator and former Bush solicitor general (Jahi Chikwendiu/WASHINGTON POST)

The deluge came mostly from the health care arena, which is now waiting to burst out of the gate at 10:01 a.m. Thursday, when the Court is expected to rule on that case.

But other major decisions, especially Monday’s ruling on the Arizona immigration case also generated a fair number of “expert-available-just- for-you” alerts.

Yet we found one constitutional law expert, someone whom we would likely call for comment on just about any case, somewhat out of position as the ruling came down.

There, in the Acela Express waiting lounge at Union Station, was former solicitor general and uber-lawyer Ted Olson, our Acela Express special correspondent reports.

Olson, waiting for the 11 a.m. to New York, was on his cell, talking to his office, anxiously asking: “any more decisions coming down” from the Supreme Court?

His office was able to get him the info via e-mail.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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