Of all the names on the "short list," Elena Kagan is the best we could hope for.
Exactly, and whomever would be behind 'door number two' would be much worse, rest assured. And as far as i know, no second attempt at confirming a SCJ has ever failed.
I hope the Republicans do this quickly and with as much grace as possible. Opposing this nominee is the last place to spend their political capitol at this time.
Ask the tough questions, do the diligence, and barring any insurmountable surprises, thank and officially congratulate the President for a wise nomination, and move on. You can't ALWAYS be seen as the party of no
without losing credibility.