The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan begin today.
Kagan would succeed Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens who will retire at the conclusion of the Court’s term this summer.
The hearings are expected to be anti-climatic, with her confirmation vote presumed.
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The Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate’s academic resume is picture perfect. Her political mentors have been invariably well placed. And in the seven weeks of serious scrutiny that have followed her nomination by President Barack Obama, no serious impediment has arisen to deny her confirmation.
The hearings will comprise a sounding board for GOP senators to lob nostrums to its statist-reactionary base on social issues such as inequality towards gays, prohibition of abortion and so on.
The ranking Republican on the committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, said over the weekend that Kagan may be “outside the mainstream” of the legal community to the amusement of most Court observers.