At the end of a week that saw a crop of new names floated as possible replacements for Justice John Paul Stevens, Solicitor General Elena Kagan remains at or near the top of the list. But that favored position has also made her an easy target, especially for liberals who warn she is too conservative to follow in Stevens’ progressive footsteps.

If she is nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, most liberals will likely fall in line behind her, encouraged by icons from Charles Ogletree to John Podesta and Walter Dellinger, who are firmly in her cheering section.