WASHINGTON (AP) - The gun lobby is advertising against Elena
Kagan and Republican opponents are laying out their case against
her, but President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee appears
just weeks away from Senate confirmation.
Judiciary Committee Republicans are expected Tuesday to request
a one-week delay before a panel vote to send Kagan's nomination to
the full Senate. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the Judiciary chairman,
has said he would grant such a request.
That would push a committee vote to next week, leaving Kagan on
track to win Senate confirmation before the Senate leaves in early
August for a monthlong break - and in time to take her seat when
the court begins a new term this fall, as Obama has asked.
Kagan, the 50-year-old who has served as the Obama
administration's solicitor general, would succeed retiring Justice
John Paul Stevens and become the fourth woman on the court, as well
as the third sitting female justice.
Democrats have more than enough votes to confirm her and
Republicans have shown no inclination to block the move through a
filibuster, although some influential outside groups are urging
them to do so.
The National Rifle Association is asking gun owners to urge
senators to oppose Kagan or filibuster her confirmation. The
pro-gun rights group said Monday that it planned to begin
circulating a Web advertisement comparing Kagan's answers on gun
issues at her confirmation hearings with those of Obama's first
high court nominee, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who they contend
misled senators last year about her support for the right to bear
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who announced his opposition to Kagan
the day after her hearings ended, laid out his case against her in
a magazine piece Monday. Writing in the conservative National
Review, Hatch said she has a political background and activist
judicial philosophy that make her ill-suited for the Supreme Court.