Kagan is a strong liberal and supports abortion, which comes as no surprise. What's more surprising is that Obama has chosen a candidate who has never served as a judge, which is likely to be the opposition's main theme. The Washington Post has a good summary of the probable strategy of both sides. Here's an interesting tidbit:
On the other hand, there are some Democrats who believe that baiting conservatives into a fight, especially on a subject like abortion, could only be good for their party. The theory goes that the GOP would whip themselves into a frenzy, forgetting to campaign on health care or jobs or the economy.Say what you want about the GOP, but I doubt any candidate is stupid enough to forget to mention jobs and the economy! It seems that pro-abortion Democrats have forgotten that pro-lifers are currently a majority of Americans. So go ahead, let Kagan's appointment be about abortion! We're prepared for battle.