Source: Martin Walsh
The Senate confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson begins on Monday and the media is already whining that Americans “aren’t aware” of President Joe Biden’s pick.
Roll Call published a story complaining that a recent survey found that most Americans have no idea who Brown is and aren’t familiar with her background.
Roll Call reported:
That opportunity is available: Only about one in four voters identified Jackson by name as the Supreme Court nominee in a C-SPAN/Pierrepont Survey, with another 15 percent who could report that the nominee is a Black woman judge.
Jackson will get a chance to introduce herself again. When she did so at the White House at her nomination announcement, she spoke of the hope that her life and career could inspire future generations, the way she was inspired by Constance Baker Motley, the first Black female federal judge. Biden’s selection of a Black woman has meant extra scrutiny for the way politicians and Washington insiders talk about a confirmation fight and could energize voters ahead of the midterm elections this year.
The Democratic caucus can stick together and confirm Jackson without the help of Republicans, and none of the Senate’s 48 Democrats and the two independents who caucus with them have voted against any of Biden’s judicial nominees on the Senate floor.
“She would be the first Supreme Court justice who is the daughter of parents who felt the crushing oppression of segregation, and the first justice who has represented an indigent as a public defender,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said Thursday on the Senate floor.
“Indeed, with Judge Jackson’s confirmation, the Supreme Court would come closer to fully reflecting the diversity of America,” Durbin said. The country “will get to see what I have seen in meeting with her personally. She is thoughtful brilliant, kind, and has a good sense of humor,” he added.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke about Jackson on Sunday and whether he would vote for her confirmation after declining to support her nomination to the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2013 when then-President Obama nominated her to succeed then-Judge Merrick Garland.
“You know, we had a very good conversation in my office and I asked her, you know, typically the Supreme Court nominees of both parties have never answered the questions,” McConnell told CBS News.
“What they typically say is that something that might come before me, and I don’t want to prejudge how I might actually vote, but I asked her to defend the court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Breyer both publicly opposed court-packing, that is, trying to increase the number of court members in order to get an outcome you like,” the Kentucky Republican continued.
“That would have been an easy thing for her to do, to defend the integrity of the court. She wouldn’t do that. So, in the meantime, the committee will ask her all the tough questions. I haven’t made a final decision as to how I’m going to vote,” he said.
“I’m going to listen to the evidence. I’m going to listen to the hearings. And by the way, she’ll be treated much better than Democrats typically treated Republican nominees like Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh,” McConnell continued.
“It will be a respectful, deep-dive into her record, which I think is entirely appropriate for a lifetime appointment,” McConnell added. “I’m willing to listen to the testimony. That’s why we have hearings.”