Some Republicans Line Up Against Kagan
Friday, July 02, 2010
After four days of confirmation hearings, the vote may fall along partisan lines for Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan.
Republican Senators are lining up to say they'll vote against her. The latest no-vote is Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell said in a statement today, Kagan had not convinced him that she could take off her political hat and be a judge. The Republican Senator issued his decision after Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Oklahoma's James Inhofe and Utah's Orrin Hatch. Hatch supported Kagan as solicitor general, but expressed concern with the nominee, saying a Supreme Court nominee needs "both legal experience and, more importantly, the appropriate judicial philosohpy," the Associated Press reports.
Democrats hold a 59-41 majority in the Senate, and Kagan's confirmation is widely viewed as a certainty, barring an unexpected attempt by Republicans to prevent a final vote, according to the AP. The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the appointment on July 13.