May 24, 2022

Report: Biden’s SCOTUS shortlist narrowed to group of 4 Black women

As the nation awaits his choice to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme court, President Joe Biden has reportedly narrowed his pool of prospective nominees to four Black females, according to the Washington Times, a move in keeping with a promise he made during the 2020 campaign and reiterated last month.

The outlet noted that Biden’s search began with a roster of roughly 12 possible successors for longtime liberal jurist Breyer, and now that list has been significantly whittled, with the president explaining on Thursday where the process currently stands.

“What I’ve done is I’ve taken about four people and done a deep dive on them, meaning thorough background checks to see if there’s anything in their background that would make them not qualified,” Biden stated during an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News, which is set to air in its entirety on Sunday.

Lauding the legal bona fides of those who have made the cut so far, Biden characterized the group as “well qualified,” saying, [t]hey were honor students, they come from the best universities, they have experience, some on the bench, some in the practice of law.”

Those critical of Biden’s decision to restrict consideration for the Supreme Court vacancy only to Black women include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who recently blasted the use of “this racial quota” and made it clear that, in his estimation, the president is seeking “a left-wing ideologue” for the panel and is โ€“ wrongly โ€“ willing to use racial discrimination to achieve that goal.

Speaking to Holt, however, Biden attempted to deflect such accusations, saying, “Well, I think we’ll, whomever I think will get a vote from Republican side for the following reason โ€“ I’m not looking to make an ideological choice here, I’m looking for someone to replace Judge Breyer with the same kind of capacity Judge Breyer had, with an open mind, who understands the Constitution, interprets it in a way that is consistent with the mainstream interpretation of the Constitution.”

According to NPR, Biden met on Thursday evening with Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats about the candidates he is considering, with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) stating, “We are all excited about the candidates we have heard about. We all have enormous confidence in President Biden’s judgment. We are very aware of the historic nature of this appointment, and very proud of that.”

Panel chair Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) indicating that while the legislators present at the gathering did offer their thoughts on potential candidates, “mainly the message was, ‘We trust your judgment, Joe Biden, when it comes to choosing the right person.'”

Sadly, considering the blatant political pandering in which he has continued to engage and the discriminatory race and gender exclusions he laid down from the outset, for a large portion of the American electorate, such confidence in Biden’s deliberative process appears grossly misplaced.

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