The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Elena Kagan's
Supreme Court nomination today. The 19-member committee, 12 of whom are
Democrats, is widely expected to approve Kagan, sending her to the full
Senate for further hearings. Here's what Kagan faces in turns of
expectations, support, opposition, and next steps.
Americans Supportive, Inattentive The Washington Post's Jennifer Agiesta reports,
"a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the U.S. Solicitor General
continues to garner majority public support in her bid to become the
fourth woman to sit on the high court. Other recent polling on the
nomination also finds that more favor Kagan's confirmation than oppose
it, but the results across polls suggest fairly widespread inattention
toward the nomination fight as her confirmation hearings closed and her
bid heads for a final vote. In the Post-ABC poll, 53 percent say the
Senate should vote to confirm Kagan's nomination. One-quarter say the
Senate should vote against her, while one in five express no opinion."
Sessions: Why I'm Opposing Republican Senator Jeff Sessions explains in
USA Today, "After carefully reviewing Elena Kagan's record and testimony
before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I must oppose her nomination.
... Throughout her career, Ms. Kagan has placed her politics above the
law. She has never been a judge, never tried a case before a jury and
has practiced law for only three years. She is the least experienced
nominee in the last half-century."
- Two Republicans Who Might Vote Yes Law blogger Elie Mystal
predicts, "The Senate Judiciary Committee should vote on Elena Kagan
today. I’ll set the over/under for Republican support at 1. But I’m
going to go out on a limb and take the over: [Lindsey] Graham and
- Graham Announces Support The Washington
Independent's Jimm Phillips writes, "Sen.
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) just announced during the Senate Judiciary
Committee’s televised executive session that he will vote for Supreme
Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation, becoming the only Republican
so far either on the Senate Judiciary Committee or in the Senate at
large to break party ranks. Graham said that while he disagrees with
Kagan’s politics, he would vote for her because 'the last election had
consequences. ... What’s in Elena Kagan’s heart is that of a good person
who adopts a philosophy that I disagree with. ... There’s plenty of
reasons for a conservative to vote no, but there are plenty of reasons
for a conservative to vote yes.'"
This Could Ensure Full Senate Confirmation Time's Jay Newton-Small writes, "Now, here's where Kagan's path
to the Supreme Court could get interesting. Pro-life groups have been
picketing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's offices, urging him
to filibuster Kagan. The right has been struggling to make Kagan into
the Samuel Alito of the left: a polarizing figure that gins up – and
proves lucrative with --the base. ... If Republicans close ranks, a
filibuster could kill Kagan's nomination. But there has not seemed the
appetite, even in this hyperpartisan atmosphere, to take such a drastic
step. ... Graham's support today would indicate he'd probably vote for
her on the floor of the Senate, thereby giving Dems the one vote they
need to defeat a GOP filibuster."
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