Four of the Republicans who questioned Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in her quest for the Supreme Court embarrassed themselves with ill-advised language. Their attitude was condescending, rude, and without any factual basis. In spite of this, she maintained her grace and composure until the very end of her confirmation committee hearing. The Democrats may get zero Republicans to help, so they need all 50 of the Democrats’ votes to bring the first Black woman onboard. Yet, two senators’ votes have been shaky at best.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was one of the two. Fortunately, he announced via tweet Friday morning that “I intend to vote for her [Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s] nomination to serve on the Supreme Court.” In addition, he included his full statement:
‘After meeting with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court. My full statement:’
Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) announcement indicated his was a “yea vote” for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to join the SCOTUS, according to his Senate website:
‘As West Virginia’s Senator, I take my Constitutional responsibility to advise and consent on a nominee to the Supreme Court very seriously. Just as I have done with previous Supreme Court nominees, I will evaluate Judge Jackson’s record, legal qualifications and judicial philosophy to serve on the highest court in the land. I look forward to meeting with Judge Jackson before determining whether to provide my consent.’
After Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement, the West Virginia senator also released a statement, according to his Senate page:
‘Justice Breyer has dedicated much of his life to upholding the rule of law and we are grateful for his service. I wish him a happy and fulfilling retirement.’
Senator Manchin may have been feeling a bit defensive after voting against some of President Joe Biden’s bills when he wrote:
‘I take my Constitutional responsibility to advise and consent on a nominee to the Supreme Court very seriously. I look forward to meeting with and evaluating the qualifications of President Biden’s nominee to fill this Supreme Court vacancy.’
President Biden hopes to have a full Senate Judiciary Committee vote by April 4 and confirmation by April 8 Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL) told CNBC.
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