Senate Republicans shouldn’t be intimidated when it comes time to question Elena Kagan and vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court. The public can’t possibly know much about her, but already its verdict has turned negative. No doubt some people know about her history with military recruiters, but that must be a small minority at this point. So my guess is that voters’ negative reactions are based mostly on the fact that she was the dean of Harvard Law School.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of U.S. voters now hold a favorable opinion of Kagan but 47% view her unfavorably, up from 43% a week ago and 39% just after President Obama announced her nomination. …
With Senate hearings on Kagan’s nomination set to begin June 28, 36% of voters now favor her confirmation, but 39% are opposed. One-out-of-four (25%) are undecided.
Perhaps Ms. Kagan can sway some voters with a good performance before the Judiciary Committee, but I expect far more to turn negative when they learn about her defiance of the Solomon Amendment.