Kagan to Meet With Key Senators Tomorrow

Elena Kagan, President Obama's pick to succeed John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, will travel to Capitol Hill tomorrow to meet with the Senate leaders who will play a central role in her confirmation hearings.

Kagan will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid first, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, according to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. She will then sit down with the top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, at 11:00.

That will be followed by meetings with Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy at noon, top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee Jeff Sessions at 12:45, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a member of the Judiciary Committee, at 2:30.

Kagan is expected to be confirmed with a small number of Republican votes, though her nomination has been met with concern by some on both the right and the left. A Republican strategist has pushed for the GOP to draw out the confirmation process for political advantage in the 2010 midterm elections.

Republican senators who supported Kagan in her nomination to be Solicitor General may be facing pressure to oppose her this time around from the party's conservative base. Most have said they will give her a full hearing before coming to a decision while also raising concerns about her record.

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