Elena Kagan is making the rounds.
To get a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, a nominee must first wear out a lot of shoe leather on Capitol Hill. And smile, smile, smile.
So that’s precisely what President Barack Obama’s choice for the high court has been doing this week. While Kagan is considered likely to get Senate confirmation, nothing is ever guaranteed in this process – remember President George W. Bush’s nominee Harriet Miers?
The other hard-and-fast rule of these Hill chats is that afterward the senators talk, the Supreme Court nominee doesn’t.
So let’s take a look at what the senators took away from their meetings with Kagan.
Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, a Democrat who used to be a Republican, said Kagan agreed with him that the court takes too few cases and erred this year in a landmark ruling that struck down campaign finance limits. “She said she felt that the court was not sufficiently deferential to Congress” in the Citizens United case, Specter said.