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Could Mother Teresa get GOP votes?

With confirmation hearings due to begin June 28, it's still unclear how fierce the opposition will be to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan (in photo). But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., isn't expecting much bipartisanship. If a majority of Republican senators vote against her, it won't be surprising — or have anything to do with Kagan herself, he said. Leahy doubts that the nominations of retired Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter or sitting Justices John Paul Stevens and Anthony Kennedy would do any better today. "I have joked that if President Obama nominated Moses, the lawgiver, or Mother Teresa, Senate Republicans would vote against the nomination,” he said. “Such is the willingness of many Republican senators to heed the extreme ideological tests imposed by the far right."