By SUZAN CLARKE, ABC News
The first woman ever to sit on the nation’s highest court has gotten behind Supreme Court nomineeÂ Elena Kagan, but warned her of the “dreadful, unpleasant” nomination process.
Retired justiceÂ Sandra Day O’Connor, now focused on a new web-based initiative to teach civics to students, said she believesÂ Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general, will likely be confirmed.
“She seems to be very well qualified academically,” O’Connor, 80, told “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos today.
But she stopped short of offering any words of wisdom toÂ President Obama’s nominee.
“She doesn’t need advice,” O’Connor said. “But just, she’ll have to go through the process of theÂ Senate Judiciary Committeehearings. And I don’t care who you are, it’s a difficult, unpleasant experience for the nominee. It’s just something you have to go through.”
Now four years removed from her time on the bench, O’Connor has been working fervently on her newest passion: iCivics, a free, web-based education project designed to teach middle school students. It also offers teachers comprehensive teaching materials.
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