In picking Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, President Obama may have a fairly easy confirmation and will fit a common theme of justices having gone to school at Harvard and Yale.
An irony in Supreme Court politics is the religious breakdown of the new court will be six Catholics and three Jews.....No Protestants.
She was president of Harvard Law School and was involved in a flap over ROTC and that will cause a kerfuffle, but I think most people are anxious for a shorter rather than longer confirmation hearing.
The big fight is in the future if Justice Kennedy or Scalia were to vacate as that would result in an idealogical change.
As Solicitor General, Ms. Kagan already is a member of the clubby atmosphere of the High Court and is considered an affable person unlikely to make enemies in the weeks ahead.