Why can't she get experience on a lower court? Why take the risk? We still don't know very much about her. Her lack of legal experience and an associated paper trail won't help.
I'm apt to extend a longer rope to those who are clearly gifted. Ms. Kagan is an innate thinker who possesses the tools, both intellectual and interpersonal, with which to influence her colleagues. A bit of tautology: some experience is preferable to none at all. In other words, I don't mind her inexperience. Other than a few Republicans who must appease their parochial constituents, few others will mind it. Still, dignified Republicans will find it difficult to oppose someone who embodies moderation. Kagan is, in many ways, reflective of the future of the United States: tolerant of social liberty and economic prosperity.