Solicitor General Elena Kagan
President Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court is one of the most qualified individuals in the country for the job simply because of her experience as Solicitor General and in the White House Counsel’s office. There are very few places in the world where a lawyer actually practices constitutional law, and those are two of them. SG Kagan is undoubtedly very smart, very likeable, and will be supported by a broad cross-section of the Bar, including many senior members of the conservative judicial establishment.
The only thing that could derail her nomination would be an extremely unlikely series of mistakes at her hearings. The GOP members of the Judiciary Committee should strive to fully explore her judicial philosophy and, rather than eating up time with long winded speeches, should ask brief questions on key issues and give her the time to answer at length. Though stranger things have happened, it is hard to imagine the fall term beginning without Justice Kagan on the Court.