Elena Kagan, the President's choice to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, begins courting Senators from both parties as she makes the rounds on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Kagan who currently holds the post of U.S. Solicitor General, will meet with leaders in the Senate, Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) before sitting down for formal meetings with individual senators who will decide her fate during confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In addition to Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Pete Sessions (R-AL), Kagan will also spend her afternoon talking to Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Herbert Kohl (D-WI), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
Both Senators Sessions and McConnell have questioned Kagan's lack of judicial experience. Before being confirmed as the nation's Solicitor General, Kagan was Dean of Harvard Law School, her alma mater. Kagan has been sharply criticized about her decision as Dean to bar military recruiters at Harvard because she disagreed with the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Senator Hatch has called that decision "a very serious problem."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) took to the Senate floor Tuesday to praise Obama's pick, saying "she's been out in the real world recently," adding that Kagan would make a "terrific addition" to the Court.
Tune in Wednesday to Special Report to find out how Kagan was received on the Hill.