President Obama is set to announce Elena Kagan as his appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
If confirmed by the Senate she would replace John Paul Stevens who is set to retire next month. Currently, Kagan serves as the U.S. Solicitor General.
Under the circumstances I think Obama made the right pick. Yes, she's a liberal. But does anyone see Obama appointing Miguel Estrada to the bench? Besides how many other liberal justices are going to declare that they love the Federalist Society in public?
When Kagan was confirmed as Solicitor General in March 2009 by a 61-31 vote, six Republican Senators voted in her favor including Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. Barring any earth shattering development, I believe Kagan will be confirmed. Republicans have to pick and choose their fights and I don't think this is one of them. After all, if one is qualified to argue a case before the Supreme Court presumably one would also be qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.