President Joe Biden has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill an impending vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Though her judicial history proves she’s wrong for the job, some Republicans are voting for her anyway.
Three GOP Senators voted Monday to allow Jackson’s nomination to proceed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Washington Examiner reported. The resulting 53-47 vote means the process will continue, and Jackson could be confirmed as of this week.
It’s no surprise that Jackson received a unanimous vote from the Democratic side of the aisle, given that she’s a Biden pick. However, the shocking part is that Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted in her favor.
While Democrats swooned over Jackson because of the historic nature of having the first black female judge on the high court, Republicans objected to Jackson’s actual record. The judge has been soft on sentencing for cases involving child pornography despite the hideousness of the crime.
However, the most politically damning moment came when Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asked Jackson to “provide a definition for the word woman” in the context of allowing men to compete in women’s sports based on their gender identity, according to Fox News. Jackson famously lamented she could not do so because she’s “not a biologist.”
Still, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was championing her cause prior to the vote. “This is a joyous and history-making moment for the Senate, a historic one: 115 individuals have come before this chamber for consideration to the highest court in the land, but none — none — were like Judge Jackson,” he said.
If confirmed, Jackson would replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. Since Breyer and Jackson are Democratic picks, Jackson’s confirmation would not impact the court’s ideological balance.
Biden’s choice is a radical who has no place on the bench regardless of her sex or skin color. Sadly, Republicans will vote for her to be part of history too — even if it means voting for a judge who’s soft on child pornography.