Judiciary Committee sends Kagan nomination to Senate floor
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the nomination of Elena Kagan to the floor by a vote of 13 to 6:
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become the nation’s fourth female Supreme Court justice, setting up a final confirmation vote by the Senate.
The committee vote broke down mostly along partisan lines, with one Republican joining the panel’s Democrats in sending the nomination to the full Senate on a 13-6 vote.
Democrats repeatedly characterized Kagan as a strong legal thinker who would be a fair judge, while Republicans slammed her as an inexperienced activist who would be unable to divorce her legal judgments from her political opinions.
Members on both sides expressed frustration with a confirmation hearing process many observers say increasingly yields few clear answers about a nominee’s judicial philosophy.
In case you’re wondering the Republicans that voted for Kagan, who has a questionable record on basic civil liberties like free speech and self-defense, it was Lindsey Graham (R-SC). That comes as a shocker, I’m sure.
With Graham’s defection, Kagan’s confirmation is a lock.