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Fight Over Judge Jackson Reveals 'Paralysis' of Senate

Fight Over Judge Jackson Reveals 'Paralysis' of Senate

Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson answers questions from Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., seen on video screen, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Susan Estrich By Thursday, 07 April 2022 12:52 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

The announcements by Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney that they would join fellow Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in supporting Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court gives a small margin of bipartisan support to a highly qualified nominee.

Make no mistake: There is no reason to oppose this woman on the merits. She is highly qualified and well prepared, smart and savvy, a person of enormous dignity and integrity who will bring valuable experience to the Court. And after witnessing her demeanor during the hearings, where she maintained her composure in the midst of ridiculous questioning, she surely has the temperament to serve on the Court.

In announcing her support for the nominee, Murkowski praised the judge's "qualifications, which no one questions; her demonstrated judicial independence; her demeanor and temperament; and the important perspective she would bring to the court." Romney called Judge Jackson "a well-qualified jurist and a person of honor."

So why did every Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee vote against her confirmation?

Why did they put her through bruising hearings, cross-examining her on such irrelevancies as the kindergarten curriculum of the private school whose board she sits on?

Murkowski, in announcing her support, said she was supporting Jackson in part to reject "the corrosive politicization of the review process for Supreme Court nominees, which, on both sides of the aisle, is growing worse and more detached from reality by the year."

That's putting it nicely.

It is a national disgrace.

With the war in Ukraine and skyrocketing prices here at home, Americans can be excused if we paid less attention to this confirmation process than we have to some of those that went before, when there were fewer distractions. Just as well. It was terrible to watch.

Whatever you thought of some of the prior hearings, this one was worse because it was about absolutely nothing. There were no witnesses questioning the nominee's character or honesty. There was really no basis for opposition on the merits.

The woman before the committee was brilliant and well-qualified. But she was also a Democrat, appointed by a president who Republicans are determined to undermine, right or wrong.

What has happened to us? Why can't we unite behind a history-making appointment and show our kids, ourselves and the world that we are capable of moving past our partisan divides, that democracy works, that people who disagree can nonetheless work together for the common good? Isn't that what we are trying to show the world?

Instead, small-minded Republicans are preparing a nasty opposition to a qualified woman who will be confirmed and will at least have a lifetime appointment to recover from the bruising battle of confirmation, which is more than can be said for those who face similar scrutiny for short-term posts.

It should not take the courage it does to support a highly qualified nominee like Jackson.

There should be more than three Republicans willing to break ranks with the knee-jerk opposition.

What is the matter with the rest of the Republican Party? And will the voters recognize that come November, if they give the Republicans a real majority in the Senate, it may be the end of accomplishing anything at all? That is the point, I suppose.

Democratic paralysis? Is this what we want to show the world?

Apparently so. If they aren't willing to vote for a Black woman who is highly qualified, exactly who and what will they support?

Susan Estrich is a politician, professor, lawyer and writer. Whether on the pages of newspapers such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post or as a television commentator on countless news programs on CNN, Fox News, NBC, ABC, CBS and NBC, she has tackled legal matters, women's concerns, national politics and social issues. Read Susan Estrich's Reports — More Here.

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With the war in Ukraine and skyrocketing prices here at home, Americans can be excused if we paid less attention to this confirmation process than we have to some of those that went before, when there were fewer distractions. Just as well. It was terrible to watch.
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Thursday, 07 April 2022 12:52 PM
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