As Jillian noted,
Neither conservatives nor liberals are too happy about that. Why? Liberals complain that she hasn't written that many opinions, or worked in a court of law, so they aren't particularly confident in her progressive credentials.From earlier reports on the prospect of Elena Kagan receiving Obama's nomination,
Kagan [is] the first woman to serve as solicitor general. Thurgood Marshall is the most recent of several justices who served in that role before joining the Supreme Court.
Kagan, who has never been a judge, has made a half-dozen arguments in front of the justices in the past year.
As the first woman dean of the Harvard Law School, Kagan won a reputation for hiring prominent conservative legal scholars and bridging disagreements between liberal and conservative faculty members.
Yet 31 Republican senators voted against her confirmation as Solicitor General last year in what was seen as a warning to Obama should he want to put her on the Supreme Court.
Kagan would likely face questions over her objections to campus military recruiters at Harvard, stemming from her disagreement with U.S. policy on gays serving in the military.