McConnell Fully Endorses Biden's SCOTUS Pick

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 05 March 2022 12:00
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Following a meeting with the Supreme Court nominee Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell heaped praise on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

The Kentucky Republican exclaimed there was “no question” that she was a very qualified and intelligent pick for the Supreme Court. Recognizing his philosophical differences with her, McConnell sought to contrast GOP graciousness toward Jackson with Democratic hostility toward Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“I think she’s intelligent, very likely Progressive. [The] Senate Republican minority intends to treat the nominee respectfully. I’m not at all interested, for example, in what someone may have written in her high school yearbook,” McConnell told Townhall editor Guy Benson on Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson Show.

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Some other Republicans have expressed dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden’s first nominee to the high court. In one such example, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham lamented her nomination as a win for the “radical Left.”

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In his interview with Benson, McConnell demonstrated his eagerness for his caucus to treat her respectfully despite their differences. Although he applauded Jackson, McConnell noted that he likely disagrees with her on important issues of jurisprudence. He did not reveal whether he would vote to confirm her.

Like most nominees to the high court, Jackson refrained from divulging her feelings on key issues, McConnell noted. He attempted to persuade her to rebuff calls from top Democrats, including Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, to expand the seats on the court. Liberal justices such as the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer rejected calls to expand the court. McConnell stated Jackson failed to answer his question on that matter, though he believes the subject will arise in the future.

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Jackson, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, began her charm offensive on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as she seeks to shore up support in an evenly divided Senate. A simple majority is needed to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, and Vice President Kamala Harris could serve as a tiebreaker.

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Her confirmation hearings are due to begin in approximately three weeks. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said his goal is to have her confirmed by the middle of April. If confirmed, she will replace Breyer, who is retiring.

Jackson’s nomination recently spurred dark money groups on both sides of the aisle to launch ad campaigns for and against her confirmation. Demand Justice, a Left-wing group, announced a $1 million ad campaign to call on senators to “urge them to move quickly to confirm” her. Meanwhile, the right-leaning Judicial Crisis Network has spent nearly $2.5 million on ads seeking to attack Democrats and the President’s nominee.

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