Elena Kagan confirmation hearings will begin on Monday and Obama would like to see her confirmation before the 4th of July
by Charlie Leck
Minnesota’s two U.S. Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, will vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Klobuchar makes no secret of her desire to see another woman added to the Court. Franken wants to balance the pro-business (or pro-corporation) Court.
I think Obama’s selection is a good one. She should be confirmed; however, the Republicans hold enough strength in the Senate that they could filibuster the nomination if they choose to. Because they have enough PR problems right now, I don’t think they will. Kagan ought to be able to pick up one or two Republican votes (watch Olympia Snow) on her way to taking her seat on the big bench.
Kagan is a solid legal intellectual. She will show it when she begins to answer questions. Senators will actually not be able to keep up to her intellectually; though a few of them will throw out the usual “liberal” and, perhaps even, “radical” tags. Like Obama, Kagan is actually a very moderate liberal and not at all a radical or progressive. In other words, she is a solid centrist or middle-of-the-roader!
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