Kagan, 50, a New York native, has been widely reported to be the front-runner for the nomination. She was a finalist for the high court vacancy last year when Justice Sonia Sotomayor was selected to replace the retiring David Souter.Although the confirmation won;t necessary be smooth, look fir the new Extreme wing on the GOP to hammer her, there is little doubt she will be confirmed. Even GOP Sen Orin Hatch understands the dilemma as he spoke last year:
If confirmed, Kagan would be the third woman on the nine-justice bench and the fourth in the history of the court.
Kagan received her law degree from Harvard University, where she later served as dean of the law school. She previously served in the Clinton administration as associate White House counsel.
"You have to admit, Elena Kagan is a brilliant woman," Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said during a radio interview a year ago when Kagan was being vetted for a high court seat. "She is a brilliant lawyer. If [Obama] picks her, it is a real dilemma for people," especially conservatives.I suspect, that unless something incredible controversial comes up over the next few weeks, the hearings won't be considered a spectator sport.
"And she will undoubtedly say that she will abide by the rule of law."