Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination hearings have exposed a number of issues that make her unpalatable to some of the Senate’s top Republicans.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) have pressed the nominee on her record of giving light sentences to child sex offenders, while Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tn.) and others have asked her about her record on abortion and asked her to answer simple questions like ‘what is a woman?’ that she could not give answers to.
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The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, initially seemed supportive of Brown’s nomination, saying she was “a sharp lawyer with an impressive resume”. After a tough week of hearings for the nominee, he has signaled that he will not support her confirmation.
I went into the Senate’s consideration of Judge Jackson’s nomination with an open mind.
But after studying the nominee’s record and watching her performance this week, I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to our highest Court.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 24, 2022
While other Republican Senators have their own objections to Jackson’s nomination, McConnell seems concerned with her passive support for court packing.
“After calling Jackson “a sharp lawyer with an impressive resume” for the Supreme Court, he is now concerned she is being “evasive and unclear,” particularly on the critical issue of court-packing.
“She’s declined to address critically important questions and ameliorate real concerns,” McConnell said Wednesday on the floor of the Senate, as The Hill reported. “First and foremost is the simple question of court-packing. The far-left fringe groups that promoted Judge Jackson for this vacancy want Democrats to destroy the court’s legitimacy through partisan court-packing.”
“She was literally the court-packers’ pick for the seat and she has repeatedly refused to reject their position.” McConnell said.
While some moderate Republicans initially seemed supportive of Jackson’s confirmation, McConnell’s decision to vote against her could signal trouble for her.
Democrats could confirm Jackson without any Republican votes if all 50 Democratic Senators stick together on her confirmation vote, but some Democrat Senators who are known to buck the party line on controversial issues, such as Senator Joe Manchin (D-Wv.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Az.) have not yet made a commitment to vote for her.