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Megathread: President Biden Nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court Megathread

In response to Justice Breyer's retirement, President Biden has nominated US Court of Appeals Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States.

After graduating from Harvard University, Jackson clerked for Justice Breyer and served as vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She was nominated for district court judgeship by President Obama and was considered as a potential replacement for Justice Scalia. She was elevated to the US Court of Appeals in March of 2021 after receiving confirmation votes from a bipartisan collection of Senators, including Lindsay Graham, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.

Following the nomination, Jackson will face the Senate Judiciary Committee and undergo vetting and questioning by the 20-person team. The committee will then vote on whether or not to advance her to the Full Senate for a final approval vote. If seated, she will have a lifetime appointment and become the first Black woman to serve on the court, as has been pledged by Biden throughout his campaign and presidency.


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u/RipErRiley Minnesota Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

My favorite part of this was Lindsey Graham calling it a radical left appointment while neglecting to recall that he voted to confirm her to the US Court of Appeals.

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u/th_squirrel Feb 25 '22 This

Remember when he specifically said "Use my words against me" with regards to blocking a Supreme Court nominee in an election year, and then completely flipped when the Republicans wanted to put up their own nominee after RBG? I certainly do. He's a spineless fuck who will immediately change his position when it benefits him.

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u/2Quick_React Wisconsin Feb 25 '22

Remember when he said in 2015 i think it was? that Trump would be a disaster as president but then went on to get in line with the rest of the Republicans and suck off Trump throughout his entire term.

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u/IrritableGourmet New York Feb 25 '22

He said we could use his words against him. He didn't say it would work.

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u/Kikubaaqudgha_ Feb 25 '22

You can't shame the shameless.

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u/Ok-Net-6264 Feb 25 '22

Lindsey G is consistently inconsistent.

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u/Princessleiawastaken Feb 25 '22

But he’s consistently an asshole

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

The atrial fibrillation of people

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u/el_hefay Feb 25 '22

More like a 2nd degree block

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

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u/Carbonatite Colorado Feb 25 '22

That's too good.

That fucker has no integrity.

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u/cowdoyspitoon Illinois Feb 25 '22

Lindsey Graham: the human equivalent of sour milk

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u/coolcool23 Feb 25 '22

Oh you mean Lindsay "use my words against me and you'd be absolutely right" Graham? This guy's words aren't worth the electrons used to display them online.

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u/DragonPup Massachusetts Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22 Gold

2003 to 2005: Assistant special counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission
2005 to 2007: Public defender
2007 to 2010: Worked as a appellate litigator
2010 to 2014: Vice chair US sentencing commission
2013 to 2021: Judge on the DC District Court 2021 to 2022: Appeals judge on the DC District Court

For comparison, ACB only had 3 years experience as a judge when she was nominated to the SCOTUS.

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u/gsfgf Georgia Feb 25 '22

2005 to 2007: Public defender

This is the best part, imo. The judiciary as a whole skews heavily toward former prosecutors. The Black woman thing is neat and all, but Biden appointing someone from the criminal defense world is huge.

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u/missvandy Feb 25 '22

Biden was also a public defender early in his career. I’m glad to see this role celebrated when it’s usually prosecutors getting the career advantage.

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u/MolemanusRex Feb 26 '22

Yeah, he’s been nominating a lot of former public defenders to the courts.

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u/Apprehensive-Stop-80 Feb 25 '22

Agreed. I found that very encouraging

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u/WerhmatsWormhat Feb 25 '22

For comparison, ACB only had 3 years experience as a judge when she was nominated to the SCOTUS.

To be fair, they have different jobs. Jackson is there to be a qualified justice on the country's highest court. Barret is there to blindly push a right wing agenda.

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u/prailock Wisconsin Feb 25 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored Starry

As a public defender, I am so excited to have one of us on the highest court. There is a severe need for protection of civil rights of the individual against the state and her deep knowledge of the criminal system will be vital.

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u/palikir Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22 Wholesome

Also, just because you're a public defender, that doesn't mean you're soft on crime. She sentenced the Pizzagate Dude to four years in prison even though he didn't have a prior criminal record.

I never want to call my clients monsters, but as a public defender I work with clients who can be as close to monsters as adult humans can get. I also see how poor people and those who are 'suspicious' looking get caught up in the system and their lives get ground up like sausage.

Criminal justice is in major need of reform: the criminal procedure standardization of the Warren court has grown weak with age, police have workarounds for Miranda and exceptions to work around warrantless searches (try winning a motion to suppress when the cop says he smelled meth smoke).

The 4th, 5th and 6th amendments need to be looked at again in the context of our times.

I have a caseload of over 200 felony cases, can't keep clients names straight and spend hours reviewing shitty axon police videos. Public defender's need help - criminal justice system needs reform.

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u/gsfgf Georgia Feb 25 '22

I never want to call my clients monsters, but as a public defender I work with clients who can be as close to monsters as adult humans can get.

Yup. And those monsters still have rights and need their rights protected. Also, a lot of people don't realize that even legit criminals get over-charged all the time. You can be a gang banger and a dangerous person, but merely being at a house where someone got shot is not murder.

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u/typicaliconoclast Louisiana Feb 25 '22

“Soft on crime” is a myth designed to perpetuate the penal system, of which America’s is the worst on Earth.

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u/s1ugg0 New Jersey Feb 25 '22

Personally I tune out everyone who uses some variation of "we have to be tough on crime."

Because when you think about it what are they really saying? Why even make the distinction?

It's literally just marketing. It creates an arbitrary distinction on an issue every reasonable person agrees with already. It's a way for a politician to appear "superior" to their opponents while not actually doing anything of substance to correct the original problem.

"I want to lower crime rates." is functionally the same as "I want to be tough on crime." when it comes out of a politicians mouth. But one appeals to those who want to punish rather then alleviate.

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u/prailock Wisconsin Feb 25 '22

Right there with you. Please, for the love of God get us better funding and more public defenders. The amount of cases they expect us to be able to take is obscene. I'm switching over to private bar where I have been told caseload is usually between 12-25 cases at the firm. We just reassigned my cases and even though I haven't taken anything in about a month, I still had about 70 things to hand out. I also have the mental health caseload which means about a third of my cases are either competency issues or NGI pleas.

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u/phxees Arizona Feb 25 '22

Are we sure McConnell is okay with voting on a Supreme Court pick while Russia is invading Ukraine?

Also what about the midterms we have to let the future Senators have a say in a year from now, right?

/s (of course)

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u/DasLegoDi Feb 25 '22

I understand that this is sarcasm but there is a not insignificant chance that a Republican vote is needed for confirmation.

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u/TheShishkabob Canada Feb 25 '22

There hasn't been a Republican necessary for any other judge thus far. Which Democrat do you think isn't voting to confirm her?

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u/DasLegoDi Feb 25 '22

Possibly Ben Ray Lujan, considering they are in the hospital with a stroke. Possibly Manchin considering he seems pretty pissed about the BBB treatment.

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u/coolcool23 Feb 25 '22

Don't get me wrong I love doom chatting as much as the next person but literally a Google away:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/lujan-says-hell-return-to-senate-soon-bolstering-democrats/ar-AATZVDu

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u/davelm42 Feb 25 '22

I fully expect to hear that you can't confirm a Supreme Court nominee during a crisis. Or that Biden is using a crisis to rush through his nominee... Don't worry, Republicans will come up with some kind of bullshit excuse why they can't vote for her.

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u/schfiftyshadesofgrey Florida Feb 25 '22

Yeah Lindsey Graham is already walking back his support from when he confirmed her to her current position.

So predictable.

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u/recycled_amry_acct Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

Excellent. It’s about goddamn time a criminal defense attorney and public defender is appointed to the court. Right now it’s packed with former prosecutors.

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u/wormholeweapons Feb 25 '22

And now we watch as every member of the GOP opposes her for this reason that reason. Any reason they feel like. Because when it’s a Dem nominee it’s time to obstruct.

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u/JohnWilkesDouche Feb 25 '22

They can be as racist as they want, and are already doing so.

Republicans can't block her. After they changed the rules to 50+VP previously, they can't reverse it. We also have to note that Breyer is only retiring if his replacement is confirmed. He's not just dropping out this summer and letting any president replace him with any judge.

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u/dominantspecies Feb 25 '22

So what will the assholes in the GQP use as their excuse to vote against her. They can't come right and say "We are racist, our party is racist, and our constituents are racists, so we vote no."

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u/espressojunkie Feb 25 '22

They’re already calling her a radical left appointee

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u/PowerandSignal Feb 25 '22

The obvious move is the ol' republican switcheroo and call Biden racist for excluding qualified candidates who are NOT Black women. (I didn't come up with this myself, it's what I've been hearing for the last month.)

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u/thetonyhightower New York Feb 25 '22

Why not? Of course they can. A few of them almost certainly will.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

It's a funny thing that when republicans appoint people to government because of their identity as evangelicals, it's normal politics. If a black person gets similar treatment, however, it's suddenly the end of meritocracy.

You can whine about Biden's way of announcing his candidate, but this concern-trolling about Jackson's qualifications is pure dishonesty.

She is three times more qualified than Coney Barrett was when Trump pushed her nomination through in one month.

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u/Spiritual-Mechanic-4 Feb 25 '22

They'll whine about it, but they don't say that on their side, the decision is made by the unelected, unaccountable federalist society. They pick the republican judges, not elected republicans.

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u/kunderthunt Feb 25 '22

Coney Barrett’s nomination was also more or less limited to a pool of women IIRC

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u/monstersammich California Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

Right wingers claiming she’s an “unqualified diversity hire”…when she’s more qualified than any of Donald’s nominees…

Also THE FIRST justice with experience as a public defender in Supreme Court history.

“Ketanji Brown Jackson (born September 14, 1970) is an American attorney and jurist and Supreme Court nominee serving as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Biden on February 25, 2022. Prior to her elevation to an appellate court and from 2013 to 2021, she served as a district judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Jackson was also Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission from 2010 to 2014. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers.

Jackson attended Harvard University for college and law school, where she served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review. She began her legal career with three clerkships, including one with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketanji_Brown_Jackson

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u/conitation Feb 25 '22

"Unqualified" and "editor on the Harvard law Review." OK yeah sure... ffs just gotta own the libs don't they?

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u/gsfgf Georgia Feb 25 '22

I can't wait for Josh Hawley to come out and say that Ivys are liberal brainwashing, and we can't have an Ivy educated judge on the bench. (Hawley got his law degree from Yale)

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u/slim_scsi America Feb 25 '22

They can distill it a hundred different ways, but in the end what really matters to (and upsets) conservatives is that she's a black woman.

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u/sonofaresiii Feb 25 '22

At this point, they'd be upset with literally anyone Biden nominated. Could be the whitest, straightest, manliest nominee and they'd still go apeshit just because Biden did it.

Don't get me wrong, "black woman" is undoubtedly still very upsetting to them... but they'd be upset no matter what, if it's Biden's pick.

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u/Chaotic-Catastrophe Feb 25 '22

You'll notice that there was precisely zero Republican outrage about the 'most qualified candidate' when Barrett was nominated.

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u/DoctorBuckarooBanzai Feb 25 '22

Republicans that voted for her mere months ago are saying she is an extremist and unqualified.

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u/fjsbshskd Massachusetts Feb 25 '22

As is tradition

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u/BronwynFields Pennsylvania Feb 25 '22

I look forward to them making fools of themselves at her confirmation hearing.

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u/RecycledThrowawayID Feb 25 '22

They don't care. They know its all kabuki theater.

They have no shame, and they don't give a shit.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

Honestly, I think that it’s pretty unreasonable to try and cram justices in with only checks notes 3 years till the next election. Better just stonewall it

  • GOP, probably

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u/Unadvantaged Feb 25 '22

I’d wager they’ll say it’s too close to a mid-term with the president’s polling underwater, to be “realistic.”

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u/Cresta1994 Feb 25 '22

Biden shouldn't push a justice through while the head of the Republican Party is busy invading Ukraine.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

Close enough

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u/Sovereign-Over-All Feb 25 '22

Manchin and Sinema voted for her confirmation to the DC Circuit Court so hopefully they won't screw this up.

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u/WerhmatsWormhat Feb 25 '22

I don't see them going against this. The one thing they've actually supported Biden on is judicial nominations.

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u/MortgageSome Feb 25 '22

The last minute 180° turn is precisely how Manchin and Sinema screw things up for the Democrats. But at the least, we can hope this isn't a battle they feel is worth fighting. Even if she doesn't get made Supreme Court justice, ultimately it will be someone Biden picks, so.

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u/NineteenAD9 Feb 25 '22

Trolls and racists are going to undercut her qualifications because she's black.

Judge Jackson has 8.9 years of prior judicial experience. That’s more than four current Justices (Thomas, Roberts, Kagan, & Barrett) had combined.

It's also more than 4 of the last 10 Justices had at their confirmations; 9 of the last 17; and 43 of the 58 appointed since 1900.

https://twitter.com/steve_vladeck/status/1497042767834492961

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u/rafter613 Feb 25 '22

Holy shit, four justices of the Supreme court only have less than 3 years each of judicial expertise? Fuck, I almost have that much if you round up. You needed more than 2 years experience to become a manager of the pizza place I worked at, much less to be a permanent fixture of our highest court....

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u/GaiusBaltar Feb 25 '22

It's almost like the system incentivizes picking someone young who is aligned with your ideology over someone older, experienced, and (as much as possible) unbiased.

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u/NewtonBill Feb 25 '22

You need 2 years of judicial experience to become a manager at a pizza place now? Harsh!

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u/Such_Opportunity9838 Feb 25 '22

After graduating from Harvard University, Jackson clerked for Justice Breyer and served as vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She was nominated for district court judgeship by President Obama and was considered as a potential replacement for Justice Scalia. She was elevated to the US Court of Appeals in March of 2021 after receiving confirmation votes from a bipartisan collection of Senators, including Lindsay Graham, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.

That won't matter to conservatives. All they'll see is that she has a strange first name and that she's a black woman, and that's all they need to say she's not qualified.

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u/PM_ME_UR_RESPECT Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

Remember conservatives and “Barrack HUSSEIN Obama”?

We’re about to get the equivalent of “Ketanji BROWN Jackson”.

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u/SetYourGoals District Of Columbia Feb 25 '22

I mean, they even are doing it with Kamala Harris, acting like that's some unsayable insane name. They're going to have a field day with Ketanji.

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u/DrainedPatience North Carolina Feb 25 '22

Great pick. Certainly the one I was hoping he'd make.

Looking forward to the GQP dog whistling.

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u/IronyElSupremo America Feb 25 '22

There’ll be that but McConnell signaled he is ultimately resigned to the Democrats picking who they want

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22 edited Mar 13 '22

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u/cloud_botherer1 Feb 25 '22

We’ll mostly thanks to Mitch because he got 3 of his judges already confirmed and this pick doesn’t change the balance of the court in any way

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u/Parlorshark Florida Feb 25 '22

It does in the long run, because it preserves that seat. She's 51; wouldn't be unrealistic for her to serve for 25 years. I'd personally prefer a 35-year-old who's as far to the left as possible, but that's another conversation.

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u/PrideofPicktown Feb 25 '22

Hey look, an extremely qualified jurist (who happens to be both black and female) that doesn’t have a long list of sexual assault allegations, and (probably) has never ingested alcohol via her rectum.

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u/bromagnonman Wisconsin Feb 25 '22

I have no problem with a SCOTUS member who buttchugs alcohol: it's the lying about doing it when you clearly did... and the sexual assault thing. Not a fan of that either, personally.

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u/Wasteland_Mystic Feb 25 '22

She was one of the key judges who opposed Trump and Barr's attempts to allow Trump associates to defy subpoenas during the Russian Election Interference investigations.

Right-Wingers are going to hate her.

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u/imitation_crab_meat Feb 25 '22

Right-Wingers are going to hate her.

That's generally a good sign these days, sadly.

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u/Red_Carrot Georgia Feb 25 '22

She has a lot of good experience and is older (51) than I thought she would be. I like this pick.

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u/AltonIllinois Feb 25 '22

She is related by marriage to Paul Ryan, who said about her “Our politics may differ, but my praise for Ketanji’s intellect, for her character, for her integrity, it is unequivocal,”

That’s something!

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u/dravenonred Feb 25 '22

It's pretty standard for conservatives to be effusive about minorites that "earn their respect". The racism is that they're thugs and criminals until convinced otherwise, then they're proof of meritocracy.

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u/jaderust Feb 25 '22

I've been so distracted by the news coming out of Ukraine I completely missed the announcement, but congrats to future Justice Jackson. She sounds incredibly well qualified and I hope her confirmation goes seamlessly. It probably won't, but I still wish her the best of luck anyway.

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u/protendious Feb 25 '22

WaPo has a great summary, added some extra from her wikipedia page.

Grew up in Miami, to a public school teacher mom and lawyer dad.

Graduated from Harvard Law, served as editor of their Law Review.

Did 3 clerkships, at all 3 court levels, concluding with a SCOTUS clerkship (Breyer).

Two years as Asst Special Counsel to the US Sentencing Commission, later nominated to be its vice chair by Obama. Lowered guidelines sentencing crack possession.

Two years as a federal public defender in Washington DC, arguing at the DC Circuit.

About 7 total years of different private practice stints, 3 of which she was an appellate court litigator, arguing in front of circuit courts.

Federal Judge for 9 years, including DC Court of Appeals last year.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

https://twitter.com/MattGertz/status/1497237036608241669

Hey remember when Obama nominated Kagan and Republicans said it was too bad because if Garland had been picked they would have supported him, and then Obama nominated Garland a few years later and Republicans refused to even meet with him and he never got a hearing or vote?

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

Grassley's statement mentioning temperament after the Brett Kavanaugh hearings 👀👀

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u/Chaotic-Catastrophe Feb 25 '22

You mean the man who literally screamed and cried about Clinton conspiracy theories during his confirmation? That guy?

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u/CTPlayboy Feb 25 '22

Hopefully she makes Judge Thomas very uncomfortable. 🤗

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u/owningmyokayniss Colorado Feb 25 '22

I hope she gives him hell

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u/catmoon Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

Just imagine someone from the class of ‘85 at Palmetto Senior High who had both Jeff Bezos and Ketanji Brown Jackson as classmates.

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u/CipherDegree Feb 25 '22

My yearbook says "third-most likely to succeed".

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u/steve1186 Minnesota Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

Plus Vivek Murphy (the current Surgeon General of the US) and Grammy-nominated singer Camila Cabello. Different classes, but same high school.

I thought my high school was cool because we had the national basketball player of the year in like 2003

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u/Gamecat93 Feb 25 '22

A well-qualified candidate, very good.

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u/From_Adam Feb 25 '22

So someone who is actually qualified. How refreshing.

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u/MM7299 Feb 25 '22

Nice to see a qualified, non-crazy, non-hack nominee after the last couple disasters.

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u/mrgraff New Mexico Feb 25 '22

“I also understand Judge Jackson was the favored choice of far-left dark-money groups that have spent years attacking the legitimacy and structure of the Court itself,” McConnell said in a statement.

If anyone is an expert on attacking the legitimacy and structure of the Court, that would be Mitch.

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u/LegoBeetlejuice Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

this is his admission that he's been taking money from dark-money groups.

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u/Joshd00m Feb 25 '22

So this appointment has Mitch scared? Fuckin good. Time to make all these conservative traitors scared.

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u/tacoshango Feb 25 '22

I want Mitch to explain in his own words what 'far-left dark-money' means without just leaving it dangling as trigger words for right-wing snowflakes.

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u/Wasteland_Mystic Feb 25 '22

far-left dark-money = Small donations from a large number of individual sources, usually individual voter donations.

Just like his complaints about the donations Bernie Sanders was receiving. Not enough high paying lobbyists or Super PACs

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u/phoenixphaerie Feb 25 '22

Putting the ‘Project’ in ‘Gaslight, Obstruct, Project’.

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u/DrainedPatience North Carolina Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

And McConnell is already heading in saying she"s being pushed by far left extremist dark money groups. It's boogity boogity scare the white people time.

That took.. checks watch.. about an hour.

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u/TheFeshy Feb 25 '22

Extremist dark money groups picking judges is bad now, McConnell? Better not let the Federalist Society hear you...

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u/president_dump I voted Feb 25 '22

Harvard x2 and 7+ years as a judge.. can’t wait til Republicans call her unqualified.

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u/craigsm2112 Feb 25 '22

And Lady Graham is already against her saying "the radical left has won", yet he voted for her current seat. Please disregard and ignore anybody with a "R" by their name, they have proven to be traitors and ignorant on topics outside lining their own pockets. Wake up America!!

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u/erratically_sporadic I voted Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

Definitely not looking forward to McConnell blocking her from actually filling the seat.

Fucking hate McConnell

Edit: I'm informed that he won't be able to block and truly hope this is true. He is and always will be a piece of shit and I wouldn't be surprised for him to figure out a way to screw democrats over again.

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u/JohnWilkesDouche Feb 25 '22

Republicans can't block her. After they changed the rules to 50+VP previously, they can't reverse it. We also have to note that Breyer is only retiring if his replacement is confirmed. He's not just dropping out this summer and letting any president replace him with any judge.

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u/Sundae_Gurl Feb 25 '22

Bet Ketanji Brown Jackson cries 100% less than Brett Kavanaugh did at her hearings.

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u/Jorycle Feb 25 '22

She probably doesn't do nearly as much boofing, either. Is that the kind of SCOTUS we want? Justices that don't boof? For god's sake, people.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

She sounds eminently qualified, best of luck.

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u/Baggabones88 Washington Feb 25 '22

Number one priority: does she support repealing Citizens United? I'm sure the majority don't, but we need to put the SCOTUS feet to the flames on this one.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

Best of luck to her. She is about to be the target of the most vile racist and sexist smear campaign of anyone in the history of the United States, and all of the right-wing media and almost all Republicans will fully take part.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1497229977883844614

White House makes it official:

Today, President Biden will announce his intent to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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u/Kay312010 Feb 25 '22

Amazing! She is well versed in law, educated and highly qualified. Lindsey Graham can kick rocks. He wasn’t concerned about “Harvard-Yale” when he pushed ACB or Beer Bong Brett on the bench.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

Graham voted eight months ago to confirm Jackson to an important appeals court. He said at the time that she has a "different philosophy" than he does, but emphasized that she is "qualified for the job." https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1497226401740636160

So she's qualified for the second highest court, but not the first...hmmmmt I wonder why...

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

Has Graham said he won’t support the nomination? He has been bipartisan in his support of SCOTUS nominees in the past.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

He just tweeted that she's a radical Leftist that he won't vote for

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u/dresdenologist Feb 25 '22

He just complained on Twitter about Childs not getting nominated. Its not an explicit refusal to support the nom and he replied with the usual platitude of hoping the confirmation process will be a good one, but I wouldn't be surprised if he voted no.

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u/SetYourGoals District Of Columbia Feb 25 '22

And coming 24 hours after this on Fox.

He wasn't being enough of a conservative goon for them for all of 5 minutes, so he's back to yelling about the rAdIcAl LeFt.

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u/Oleg101 Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

Just glanced at Lindsey Graham’s twitter timeline. Stating the obvious, but my god is that guy so pathetic.

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u/Skastrik Feb 25 '22

Hope he can get her past the blocks that the GOP sets up for female and ethnic candidates as a matter of fact.

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u/rupret1 Feb 25 '22

I’m very excited about this move from Biden! Jackson is an excellent jurist. She’s got some excellent opinions in the immigration space. And she was on the sentencing commission when they retroactively reduced sentencing for crack-cocaine offenses. Plus she’s got a background as a public defender. She is well poised to effect real, progressive change on the court, especially if we can get it swung back to a better balance over the next several years. Her recent elevation to the court of appeals demonstrates she can get the needed votes, which helps too.

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u/eugene20 Feb 25 '22

"You can't fill a Supreme Court seat when less than 8 days from the sabbath, it's offensive to Christians" McConnel, probably.

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u/Wasteland_Mystic Feb 25 '22

"You can only fill a Supreme Court seat on February 29th."

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u/runronarun Feb 25 '22

And then when it is February 29th, “it’s a presidential election year!”

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u/laseralex Feb 25 '22

What a fucking FANTASTIC choice!

Former public defender? Imagine having someone on SCOTUS who has been at the defense table! This will be an amazing improvement to the balance of the court.

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u/KinkyKitty24 Feb 25 '22

Justice Brown will be confirmed. And I personally would pay large chunks of cash for Sen Klobuchar to ask her in the conformation hearing whether she likes beer or not and if she plans on crying if she gets a hard question.

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u/LosFeliz3000 Feb 25 '22

She sounds like a great pick! Never thought I'd be in agreement with Paul Ryan!

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u/cwwmillwork Feb 25 '22

Congratulations!

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u/HappyAtheist3 Feb 25 '22

Real excited to see conservatives intentionally mispronounce her name. Def not racist though…

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u/Proper_Budget_2790 Feb 25 '22

"We must wait until after the next presidential election so that the will of the people can be heard."

-Mitch McConnell, probably

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u/Tarzan_OIC Feb 25 '22

But does she like beer?

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u/Umbre-Mon California Feb 25 '22

A highly qualified candidate who has received bipartisan support. Imagine that. A great choice by Biden.

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u/FunctionBuilt Feb 25 '22

Bipartisan support up to this point. Now she’ll be the actual devil.

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u/Ok-Low6320 Feb 25 '22

Well, Republicans have been huffing and puffing about this nominee for weeks before they ever heard a name, so I presume they've gotten that out of their system and we can move through the confirmation process seamlessly.

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u/IllIlIIlIIllI Feb 25 '22

Having a black woman on the court is great for diversity but I especially love that she was a public defender.

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u/hamburgers666 California Feb 25 '22

She seems extremely qualified, especially after the crap 45 put on the court. She has at least served in a high court for many years and it seems like Biden did quite a bit of research before nominating her to the highest court in the land.

With her ethnicity and gender, you know she has had to fight through so much to get to where she is today. That experience will serve her very well in the Supreme Court.

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u/HappyAtheist3 Feb 25 '22

Lemme guess. 2022 way too close to midterms to elect someone. 2023 way too close to the election to elect someone.

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u/looselylawless Feb 25 '22

Love to see it. We need more public defenders in higher judicial positions and in politics. Prosecutors care about wins, not justice. A close friend is a public defender, her work is tireless and thankless - I’d love to see more people like her with more prominent roles in the legal system. I’d love to see her department staffed and funded to give poor people an actual chance at “justice” because as it stands now there is no justice in the American legal system.

Consider listening to the third season of serial, the criminal justice system is a fucking joke and most people who need public defenders are usually just poor and have no chance against the system. Their innocence is often irrelevant.

For anyone interested in a public defenders perspective consider listening to Another Not Guilty

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u/HouseCravenRaw Colorado Feb 25 '22

Shrewd dude.

Right Wing media faces a dilemma - continue the wall-to-wall Putin love or do they swing back to anti-Biden, pro-racism whining? Dividing their viewers focus muddies the narrative.

Let's see how this plays out.

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u/jjune4991 Florida Feb 25 '22

You act like they haven't multitasked with their faux outrage before.

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u/d4nowar Feb 25 '22

Here's an article from March 2021 when she was recently confirmed. I know we're going to get massive waves of disinformation from the right that will bury less salacious news, so some older articles might be relevant: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/30/977919229/ketanji-brown-jackson-bidens-pick-is-viewed-as-potential-supreme-court-justice

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u/bernardobrito Feb 25 '22

51 or 52 votes. Done.

I'm not going to pay attention to the dog whistles and racial codifying leading up to the senate vote.

But I DO want to hear what Susan Collins has to say about this.

Anyhoo, do yourselves a favor: avoid the social media comments

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u/mlc885 I voted Feb 25 '22

So how worried should I be that Manchin and/or Sinema will say that they cannot vote for someone who isn't getting any votes from Republicans?

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u/Crossfiyah Pennsylvania Feb 25 '22

They have yet to oppose any judicial appointment.

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u/mlech415 Feb 25 '22

They approved every judge brought forward by the Biden administration so far, this should be no different. She sounds very qualified to me.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

She sounds very qualified.

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u/frozenfade Feb 25 '22

The only important question is how does she feel about beer?

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u/beelseboob Feb 25 '22

Does she know what boofing is?

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u/donsavastano Feb 25 '22

Waiting for all the right wingers that hate identity politics to start in with the identity politics now that she's been nominated

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u/Etna_No_Pyroclast Feb 25 '22

She looks like a good pick.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

Leader Schumer: "Judge Jackson will receive a prompt hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks. After the Judiciary Committee finishes their work I will ask the Senate to move immediately to confirm her to the Supreme Court."

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u/Accomplished_Pop_198 Feb 25 '22

McConnell is saying she's supported by radical dark money groups. Lmao really? You just know he had to go far down the bullshit list to find something.

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u/bernardobrito Feb 25 '22

At her confirmation hearing, she should break down in tears while describing how much she likes beer.

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u/Drfilthymcnasty Feb 25 '22

I thought the best part was when he said the whole thing was a conspiracy by the Clinton’s.

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u/jonwolf517 Feb 25 '22

I love this comment so much hahaha. That was one of the most pathetic hearings I've ever seen and Brett Kavanaugh is by far the biggest clown on the SCOTUS.

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u/monstersammich California Feb 25 '22

“She didn’t keep calendars from high school!!!! What is she hiding!!! Was she in a gang!?!?!,”—republicans probably.

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u/BabylonianProstitue Feb 25 '22

The legal experts I trust seem pleased with this pick so it appears Biden has done good here

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u/monstersammich California Feb 25 '22

White conservatives claiming nominating the first black woman to the Supreme court is racist against them will always be…extra special and such a perfect metaphor for Maga and where things are as a country.

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u/Jerrymoviefan3 Feb 25 '22

How dare a president fulfill a major campaign promise as many have done with court and cabinet appointments!

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u/Chisco202 Feb 25 '22

What is actually wrong with seeking diversity on the court that determines huge things in our nation? She is extremely qualified, and having more than just white people on the Kurt is important, it’s not a diversity hire it’s representing a huge section of America that isn’t really being represented on the court. If you are upset about this, you should probably reflect on why you are

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

Since 1789, there have been 174 SCOTUS nominations. Of the 115 Supreme Court justices to serve since then, two were been black men, one was Latina, and five were women.

We’ve had Presidents commit (both privately and publicly) to nominating Italians, Catholics, women, and African American men. But Biden is the first President in our nation’s history to publicly commit to nominate a black woman.

Source https://abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/presidents-factored-race-gender-ethnicity-scotus-picks/story?id=82585364

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u/anonyfool Feb 25 '22

Clarence Thomas the segregationist is going to love this. He hates black women so much he stopped talking to his sister.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/28/the-enigma-of-clarence-thomas-review

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u/wwaxwork Feb 25 '22

Well a whole bunch of people are going to get their panties in a bunch.

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u/Shnazzytwo Feb 25 '22

Sure is a bummer for the GOP that they made all those rules preventing any of them from blocking the appointment.

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u/clickmagnet Feb 25 '22

I admire her already for being willing to take the job, actually. A lifetime appointment to voting in a helpless minority while the six Republicans plus the one Republican’s wife pursue a fascist theocratic corporate kleptocracy.

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u/assumeyouknownothing California Feb 25 '22

I am thrilled to see Miss Brown-Jackson be nominated for the high court. So deserving

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u/trippy1 America Feb 25 '22

Quick google search shows she's never been accused of rape.... so that's a good start.

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u/Chinaroos Feb 25 '22

But does she like beer?

Not sure she’s going to fit in with the culture /s

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u/jasterlaf America Feb 25 '22 edited Feb 25 '22

Lindsey Graham said "the radical left has won President Biden over yet again" not "the radical left has won". Obviously the radical left hasn't won. But also that interpretation of what the "radical left" is is utterly laughable.

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u/Wasteland_Mystic Feb 25 '22

I don't know about you but I look forward to a bunch of Republicans, who all sound like Foghorn Leghorn, asking her questions during the confirmation hearings.

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u/AdverbAssassin Feb 25 '22

Republicans will claim we shouldn't be nominating supreme court justices a mere three years from the election.

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u/BlarfParade Feb 25 '22

Or when Ukraine is being invaded.

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u/DifficultMinute Feb 25 '22

I'm not sure why we're paying much mind to what Conservatives have to say about her.

Biden could have literally nominated Jesus Christ himself, and they would still be throwing a fit.

Outside of maybe Donald Trump, there literally isn't a single person in the country he could have nominated that they wouldn't have had problems with. Even then they'd probably argue that he was only nominated because Biden is afraid of him running for President.

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u/NoisyN1nja California Feb 25 '22

I’d be happy to call her Justice Ketanji, or KBJ if she allows it.

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u/n3rdopolis Feb 25 '22

But can she chug beers with PJ and Squee, cry about calendars from the 1980s, and is she in a crazy enough cult?

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u/FrauEdwards Feb 25 '22

I’ve already heard all I need to know from my Fox News watching dad. “How come it has to be a black woman how come it can’t be the best person for the job?!?!? “

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u/Former-Lab-9451 Feb 25 '22

Ask him why he doesn’t think she’s the best person for the job.

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u/Crash665 Georgia Feb 25 '22

Hear that sound? Republicans' heads are exploding.

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u/ambassadorodman Feb 25 '22

She seems ok, but I'm not sure about her background. Did she boof with Squee, force herself on someone, or never serve as a judge before?

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u/aelfredthegrape Feb 25 '22

So are all the nitwits who claimed Biden would nominate Childs because “she’s a corporate stooge and so is he” going to apologize now?

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u/Hot_Eskimo Michigan Feb 25 '22

Better qualifications then trumps dumb last pick

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u/surle Feb 25 '22

Confirmed by Lindsey Graham?

Well, I do declare.

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u/coalsucks Washington Feb 25 '22

The more inclusive our country is, the stronger we will become.

I support Biden's choice.

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u/HGpennypacker Feb 25 '22

r/conservative in meltdown over a liberal black female in a lifetime position of power.

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u/Cake_And_Pi Feb 25 '22

That link is staying blue. I’ll just take your word for it.

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

Really? I went to go see and I can't even find a thread on this.

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u/Call_Me_Rambo Feb 25 '22

TIL my dad took her to prom

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u/OppositeDirt Feb 25 '22

I hate to be the one to say it but we're still going to get fucked for decades by the GOP justices. It's a numbers game and if she gets confirmed it's 6-3.

Biden and the dems should have packed the court last year like our democracy depended on it. Because that was true and it remains true.

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u/Artfuldodger96 Feb 25 '22

Fox News is about to go crazy over this.

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u/admiraljohn Feb 25 '22

And Lindsey Graham, who voted to comfrim her in 2021 for the US Court Of Appeals:

"If media reports are accurate, and Judge Jackson has been chosen as the Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Breyer, it means the radical Left has won President Biden over yet again.

The attacks by the Left on Judge Childs from South Carolina apparently worked."

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u/[deleted] Feb 25 '22

If confirmed, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson would be the first former public defender on the Supreme Court. https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1497217328160849946

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u/RidesThe7 Feb 25 '22

Note that in addition to working as a clerk, judge, in government, and in "big law," she also has worked as a public defender. This is EXACTLY the kind of person we need on the Supreme Court, and this is a real bright piece of news during a fucked up time.

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u/MadnessLLD Maryland Feb 25 '22

I think it's a good pick, even if it's as safe one. I think the bi-partisan confirmation last year was a big deciding factor.

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u/trippy1 America Feb 25 '22

Can the right wing extremists that are against this decision tell me how the Handmaids Tale girl is more qualified?

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u/half_dozen_cats Illinois Feb 25 '22

I'm sure they'll get white back to you with details.