The United States Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as only the fourth woman to sit on the US Supreme Court, voting 63-37 in favor. Prior to her confirmation, there had been speculation that she had not be confirmed because she was considered too left for right-wing supporters, and too right for left-wing liberals.
Kagan previously served as the US Solicitor General and Dean of Harvard Law School. Despite those accomplishments, only five Republican Senators voted in favor of her confirmation. Given today’s partisan tinged political climate, the vote is not all that surprising. The political makeup of the Senate is expected to change in November’s elections, which could change who President Obama would pick if another seat opens up.