That’s the word, according to Politico’s Mike Allen.
In his Friday Playbook, Allen reported that White House aides expect a Supreme Court nomination announcement Monday, though word of the pick could leak to the Associated Press on Sunday. The aides also said that President Barack Obama has not yet settled on a nominee. But their favorite? Solicitor General Elena Kagan.
Look for President Obama to name his Supreme Court pick Monday, and look for it to be Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a former Harvard Law dean. The pick isn’t official, but top White House aides will be shocked if it’s otherwise. Kagan’s relative youth (50) is a huge asset for the lifetime post. And President Obama considers her to be a persuasive, fearless advocate who would serve as an intellectual counterweight to Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia, and could lure swing Justice Kennedy into some coalitions The West Wing may leak the pick to AP’s Ben Feller on the later side Sunday, then confirm it for others for morning editions. For now, aides say POTUS hasn’t decided, to their knowledge.
But White House officials who spoke to Fox News were more circumspect.
“I can tell you, without any hedging, that he has not made up his mind yet and is still talking to and (looking) through candidates,” a senior White House official told Fox News. “It may well end up being her (Kagan), but there’s no white smoke yet.”