Elena Kagan to Receive Nomination
According to several news reports, President Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Because Kagan lacks a long paper trail of academic writings, it is difficult to predict her judicial philosophy. From a political perspective, this could potentially help Obama avoid a long confirmation battle. Nevertheless, some critics who want to preserve the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court, believe that Kagan could actually push the Court rightward. If these arguments take hold, then Kagan could face serious questions about her ideology and judicial philosophy from both liberals and conservatives.