The Senate’s top Republican now says it’s too early to know if Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will have to overcome a filibuster on her way to a seat on the nation’s highest court.
“I think some of her views are quite troubling, at least to me, in the area of political speech and the First Amendment,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Fox News Sunday. ” I think it’s entirely too early to determine whether or not this nominee would be subjected to a 60-vote threshold.”
Shortly before Kagan was nominated early last month McConnell said a filibuster would be highly unlikely. His comments Sunday suggest Republicans are now more open to blocking President Obama’s pick. “I have never filibustered a Supreme Court nominee,” McConnell said. “But it is possible, but entirely too early to know whether that would be appropriate.”