Solicitor General Elena Kagan was easily confirmed Thursday as the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, completing the 50-year-old native New Yorker’s climb to the peak of the American legal profession.
The 63-37 vote was more than enough to blunt any possibility of a last-minute Republican delay or filibuster. Opposition during three days of Senate floor debate was relatively subdued.
Kagan is set to begin a lifetime position as the nation’s 112th justice. Administration officials anticipate she will sworn into office Saturday, when she takes the traditional constitutional and judicial oaths. She will then assume her court duties immediately.
Via the New York Daily News:
Senate Republicans made a last stand against the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan on Wednesday while Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she was pumped at welcoming another woman to the high bench.
“To me, it’s one of the most exhilarating developments,” Ginsburg told The Associated Press about the prospect of Kagan making it three women on the court for the first time, along with herself and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Harkening back to the Wall Street Journal‘s famous Elena Kagan “Softboall Photo”, Twitter commenter pourmecoffee made this snarky comment of note: