Jun 30, 2010 5:44 PM by Greg Boyce

Kagan seems to be on way to confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats and Republicans agree that Elena Kagan seems to be on her way to confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Republicans have been unable to get her to reveal much about her legal views, or say anything that might threaten her confirmation. Her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is winding down after three days of hearings. Under questioning today, Kagan said she agrees with Chief Justice John Roberts that justices basically act like baseball umpires in deciding complex legal issues.

But Kagan said the metaphor isn't quite that simple. She said while judges should be strictly neutral, they also have to exercise difficult judgments. Said Kagan: "They are not easy calls."


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