WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken will vote to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, he confirmed today.
Speaking with reporters via phone from Hanoi, Vietnam, Franken confirmed what had been widely expected.
“Oh, I’m going to vote for Elena Kagan, yes,” Franken said.
Franken had said that he’d wait until Kagan’s confirmation hearings had concluded to make a formal decision. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who set exactly the same timeline for her vote, has not yet officially confirmed that she’ll back Kagan but is widely expected to as well.
The goal is for Kagan to clear committee and secure an eventual confirmation vote by August 6, the last day before the Senate takes its month-long August recess break. The largest obstacle remaining for Kagan to be confirmed appears to be a set of 60-vote procedural hurdles in the full Senate.
The guess from D.C. is that she’ll get somewhere between 60 and 70 votes — and for what it’s worth I set the over/under at 64.