It is "way too early" to say whether the GOP would be willing to filibuster Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday.
McConnell said Republicans would examine Kagan's record as solicitor general and dean of Harvard Law School in detail, but also said it was too early to say whether the GOP would allow a confirmation vote for her by the August recess.
"It's way too early to be making a decision about the issue of whether there should be a 60 vote threshold on the nominee," the Senate GOP leader said during an appearance on ABC News's "Top Line" webcast.
"I think it's way too early to predict when this will reach a conclusion on the Senate floor," McConnell later noted.
When President Barack Obama last nominated a justice to the Supreme Court in Sonia Sotomayor last year, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on her nomination in mid-July, and the Senate voted to confirm Sotomayor before they left for the August recess.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Monday it's his hope to abide by a similar timeline for Kagan's nomination.
One difference between the Sotomayor and Kagan is the makeup of the Senate. Republicans now control 41 seats, meaning they have enough votes to successfully filibuster the solicitor general's nomination if they all stick together on the vote. A handful of GOP senators did vote to confirm Kagan as solicitor general, though many have emphasized that they will hold her to a higher standard as a Supreme Court nominee.
"There needs to be an orderly process, not a rush to judgment for a lifetime appointment," McConnell said.