(OK, confirmation was technically yesterday, so maybe it’s Ketanji Brown Jackson week? Only that doesn’t rhyme. Work with me here.)
Yesterday, the US Senate voted 53-47 to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, with Republican Senators Collins, Murkowsi, and Romney joining all 50 Democrats and Independents in approving her nomination. When she is sworn in this summer, she will be the FIRST Black woman (and only the sixth woman of any race/ethnicity) to serve on the Supreme Court.
During her confirmation hearing, Judge Jackson demonstrated that she is unequivocally qualified for the Supreme Court. She showed incredible grace under pressure, as she thoughtfully and thoroughly answered questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 20 hours, showcasing the depth and breadth of her experience. Some Republican committee members tried to mischaracterize her record and views and were combative in their questioning, but throughout, Judge Jackson consistently exhibited the poise and temperament required of a Supreme Court justice.
Republican attacks on Judge Jackson’s sentencing record were discredited by fact checkers from major news outlets including the Associated Press, the New York Times, and National Review.
Judge Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing marked her fourth appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She had previously been confirmed three times with bipartisan support, most recently when she was confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit Court last year. In preparation for her hearing, Judge Jackson met one-on-one with more than 50 senators, including every member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Judge Jackson’s nomination was supported by a wide range of individuals and groups, including the law enforcement community (the Fraternal Order of Police and International Association of Chiefs of Police) and conservative and Republican legal and judicial voices (retired judges Thomas Griffith, Michael Luttig, and David Levi, who endorsed Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh). Her presentation in the hearing was also praised by the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
President Biden fulfilled his campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to the Court, and Judge Jackson is an outstanding pick. She is a brilliant legal mind and will be an exceptional Supreme Court justice.
To quote GQ Grandpa Joe: “This is a big fucking deal.”
It’s also another #DemsDidThat win.
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