The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved Elena Kagan for confirmation as the newest U.S. Supreme Court Justice. South Carolina’s senior Senator Lindsey Graham was the only Republican to vote yes in the 13-6 vote.
Though he put a few tough questions to Kagan during the hearings, Graham has been openly impressed with her intellect and humor. “I think there’s a good reason for a conservative to vote yes,” Graham says.
Graham says his criteria for this appointment are: “Is the person qualified, is the person of good character,are they someone that understands the difference between being a judge and a politician and quite frankly I think she’s passed all those tests.”
Kagan’s approval goes to the full Senate for consideration by early August. If confirmed, she will succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.