You go for it President Obama, Pick a Supreme Court Nominee that worked for Goldman Sacs. This really is the Presidents safest bet as Ms. Kagan has already gone through a vetting process and was confirmed easily by the Senate when she came up for confirmation as Solicitor General . She also has very little case history to come under scrutiny. Basically no one knows her views on court decisions.
President Barack Obama is expected to nominate his second Supreme Court justice as soon as Monday, with Elena Kagan, the 50-year-old solicitor-general, favourite to be elevated to the top court in the US. She would become the third woman on the nine-member bench.
Although considered a progressive, her appointment would not change the conservative bent of the court as she would replace John Paul Stevens, the most liberal of the current justices.
Mr Obama has deliberated for weeks on who to select for the vacancy and has narrowed his choices to four, who have been interviewed by the president and Joe Biden, vice-president.
In addition to Ms Kagan, the shortlist includes three federal appeals court judges: Diane Wood, 59, of Chicago; Merrick Garland, 57, who sits in Washington DC; and Sidney Thomas, 56, of San Francisco.
If Mr Obama chooses Ms Kagan or Ms Wood, it would give women their strongest representation yet on the bench. The other two already sitting are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nominated by former president Bill Clinton, and Sonia Sotomayor, chosen by Mr Obama last year. If Ms Kagan were appointed, the Supreme Court would for the first time contain no Protestants – all the others are Catholic or Jewish.
Ms Kagan would be something of a controversial choice because she has no judicial experience. Before being appointed solicitor-general, she was dean of Harvard Law School and previously taught at the University of Chicago Law School. She served as associate White House counsel under President Clinton.
Little is known about Ms Kagan’s personal views, other than that, as dean at Harvard, she repeatedly criticised the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibits openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the military.
Reports last week disclosed that Ms Kagan had acted as a paid adviser to Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street bank, from 2005 to 2008. She received a $10,000 stipend for her service. The White House said that this service – to Goldman Sachs’ Global Markets Institute – was unrelated to the bank’s handling of the financial crisis and had no bearing on the president’s decision.