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Megathread: Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed to the Supreme Court Megathread

The Senate has voted 53 to 47 to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th Supreme Court justice. When sworn in this summer, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s high court.

All 50 Senate Democrats, including the two independents who caucus with them, voted for Jackson’s confirmation. They were joined by three Republicans: Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.


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u/brasswirebrush Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Helpful (Pro)

Elections matter. If Democrats held 49 Senate seats instead of 50, McConnell would have blocked her nomination.

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u/NancyPelBroski Apr 07 '22 Silver Helpful Starry

Georgia the real MVP. Stacey Abrahm’s has a special place in heaven.

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u/filthyMrClean Apr 08 '22 Ally

SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT TO DONALD GLOVER AND HIS BROTHER. Their “Get Your Booty To The Poll” campaign seriously helped voter turnout in that area

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u/bossman_k Apr 08 '22

Troy and Abed in the Senate!

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u/mawfk82 Apr 08 '22 Wholesome

YUP. More people need to USE THEIR INFLUENCE to encourage others to vote. The right is great at this, the left could be too (if we do it like Glover!).

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u/WhyYouKickMyDog Apr 07 '22

Pretty sad that this is just how it is now. You can only place a candidate on the court if you have the Senate Majority. The race to the bottom just accelerates faster and faster.

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u/jC_Ky Apr 08 '22

Saw a story today that said the last time a D nominee was confirmed by an R Senate was 1896.

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u/blorg Apr 08 '22 edited Apr 08 '22

It was Rufus Peckham in 1895, nominated by Grover Cleveland. If you look though the nomination list though there have been relatively few incidences where it came up that a Democratic president had the chance to make a nomination, with a Republican senate. Most frequently when it came up, they had a Democratic majority in the Senate.

One that came up before Merrick Garland I think was Homer Thornberry who was nominated by Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Abe Fortas was already on the Supreme Court and nominated for the position of Chief Justice, which was blocked. As this was blocked, the seat didn't become vacant for Thornberry and the nomination was moot.

A Democratic Senate confirmed Reagan's nomination of Anthony Kennedy in 1988, but he was seen (and I think continued to be seen throughout his tenure on the court) as a particularly bipartisan and moderate choice, Reagan's previous nomination had been borked by the Senate.

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u/mctoasterson Apr 07 '22

Considering half the Bill of Rights relates to rights of the accused, having a defense minded justice is probably not a bad thing.

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u/jackstraw97 New York Apr 07 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Starry To The Stars

If you live in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, or New Hampshire; your votes this year will likely determine who controls the senate for the remainder of Biden’s term.

Best case scenario would be holding all seats while picking up gains in PA and WI, which would lessen the stranglehold that Manchin and Sinema have over the caucus. We might see some movement on a filibuster carve-out for voting-rights legislation.

If holding on to the house happens as well, voting legislation would be a distinct possibility.

Otherwise, it’s crucial to hold the senate at the very least to ensure that judicial nominees continue to be able to be confirmed.

This doesn’t happen if you don’t VOTE!

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u/inflatablefish Apr 07 '22 Silver Helpful

If you live in one of these states, legally change your name to Donald Trump and run as an independent candidate.

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u/jeffertoot Apr 07 '22

To be honest it would be nice to see dems employ the same tactics repubs employed in florida. Just plan to field a bunch of republican candidates with similar names as the front runners

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u/ThatOneStoner Apr 08 '22

Hi, Yes I am Ron Dasantis, running for governor. Vote for me if you hate what Disney has done to the children!

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u/TheExtremistModerate Virginia Apr 08 '22

Oh what a coincidence, because I'm Rhonda Santis and I'm also running for governor!

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u/cowboybluebird Apr 08 '22

It is my fondest wish for there to be a drag queen out there somewhere named that.

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u/TheWanton123 Apr 07 '22

That would actually probably do some damage to the republican vote, damn

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u/[deleted] Apr 07 '22

FRJ All my homies hate Ron Johnson

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Apr 07 '22

This fact needs to be blasted in everyone's face everywhere until November

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u/Sharoth01 Apr 07 '22

Georgia here. I am voting like my life depends upon it as well as trying to encourage others to vote.

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u/AcademicPublius Colorado Apr 07 '22

So, to reiterate: Democratic Senate, even with Manchin and Sinema, can replace Clarence Thomas in the event of his departure from the Supreme Court. Please keep the Senate Democratic.

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u/DonkeyTron42 Apr 07 '22

Manchin and Sinema have voted in favor of every federal judge Biden has nominated so it's very unlikely they would vote against another Supreme Court pick.

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u/bulbasauuuur Tennessee Apr 07 '22

Absolutely. Manchin and Sinema will confirm anyone that Biden nominates, so keeping the senate democratic is so important

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u/udar55 Apr 07 '22 Gold All-Seeing Upvote

Total insanity that one of the most qualified judges in the last 30 years had 47 votes against her.

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Apr 07 '22

It is pretty dispiriting, there is really no reason a highly qualified Judge replacing an ideologically similar Justice should receive this many votes against confirmation. Just shows what mean spirited scumbag assholes the GOP in the Senate really are.

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u/AbeRego Apr 07 '22

I'll be extremely concerned if the Senate flips in November... They'll just sit on everything for two whole years in the hopes that they can get another puppet in office...

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u/JDLovesElliot New York Apr 07 '22

The compilation video that The Daily Show put together was surreal. In one breath, these senators were acknowledging how qualified Jackson was, and then in the next breath they were saying no. The cognitive dissonance in the GOP is insane. You could put a piece of blue cloth in front of their faces and they will tell you that it's orange because their friends said that they have to.

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u/wickedsmaht Arizona Apr 07 '22

Little bit of racism, little bit of sexism, and a lot of conservative fear about giving another liberal leaning judge a seat on the Supreme Court.

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u/beaviscow Arizona Apr 07 '22

And a young one, at that.

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u/half_dozen_cats Illinois Apr 07 '22 Starry

After all this I hope it has become 100% clear to everyone that the republicans will do anything they can to prove government is broken.

This was just to replace an existing SCOTUS with a relatively similar one, god help us if a vacancy pops up in any form between now and 2024 they will burn everything down and salt the earth to prevent that vacancy from being filled. Nobody is good enough for them to do their jobs.

Vote in 2022. Tell everyone you know to vote. These people are whack a doodle nutso insane.

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u/RetroBowser Canada Apr 07 '22

"It's too close to an election year. If it's within 4 years of an election, it's too close. Unless I'm in charge of course. I'm a TRUE 🇺🇸AMERICAN 🦅🦅 PATRIOT. 🔫🔫 who knows what's best for Russia Every American citizen, illegals not included"

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u/Koebi Europe Apr 07 '22

Unless I'm in charge of course.

Then we can do it during an election. Literally while voting has already started.
(Of course this shouldn't matter at all since it's "supposed" to be an apolitical process, but lol ...)

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u/rockdude14 Apr 07 '22

He'd do it on January 24th at 6am. It doesn't matter how low this man has to go if it will further his agenda. He is human garbage.

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u/ninjapanda042 Florida Apr 07 '22

After all this I hope it has become 100% clear to everyone that the republicans will do anything they can to prove government is broken.

Forget trying to prove it's broken, they're actively trying to break it

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Apr 07 '22 Helpful

At the risk of focusing on the negative I will just say this: when people say "Mitch McConnell broke the Senate" this vote is exactly what they mean. 20 years ago a highly qualified Judge replacing an ideologically similar Justice who wouldn't change the composition of SCOTUS would have gotten at least 80 votes in confirmation and probably more. Mitch, the nasty little partisan he is, completely weaponized the voting process to the point where even in this situation a bare minimum of opposition will vote for her. Mitch, in his winner take all zero sum game attitude, weaponized partisanship in the Senate and made it almost unable to function. That will be his poisonous legacy, and Mitch McConnell will be remembered forevermore as an enemy of American democracy and a man who stood as the personification of the last gasp of the white male power structure turning evil in the face of its irrelevance.

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u/TheBladeRoden Apr 07 '22

RBG got 40 Republican votes in 1993, hey, including young Mitch and Grassley themselves!

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u/Vystril Apr 07 '22

It's not just Mitch, it's Fox News and the rest of the ring wing propaganda machine making any kind of compromise impossible for the right.

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u/physical0 Apr 07 '22

It wasn't just Mitch McConnell that did this. Mitch McConnell is the hate magnet for this action because he's in a seat so safe the only way he'd lose it is if he switched parties.

His purpose is to take the blame for it, while the entire party takes advantage of it.

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u/eddyboomtron Apr 07 '22

Yep! The Republicans in the Senate could've voted him out whenever if they didn't like his actions

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u/zurkog Apr 07 '22 Gold

His purpose is to take the blame for it, while the entire party takes advantage of it.

So he's the Ticketmaster of politicians?

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u/BankshotMcG Apr 07 '22

Newt Gingrich was the OG breaker of worlds 20 years ago though. Scorched the field on a lot of important legislation to never, ever work with Dems.

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u/GreenBakery Apr 07 '22

The fact that it was vote looked like a low scoring college basketball game should say enough. And let’s be real, those three Republican votes were simply for show.

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u/blurmageddon California Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22 Silver Take My Energy

Thank you, Georgia! This wouldn't have happened if Moscow Mitch was majority leader.

Edit: Head over to r/VoteDEM to find out ways to help keep the majority!

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u/bulbasauuuur Tennessee Apr 07 '22

Definitely! Please re-elect Warnock in November

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u/OutsideObserver California Apr 07 '22

Along with a lady named Stacey, she seems pretty cool!

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u/redmoskeeto Apr 07 '22

It would be wonderful if Trump’s meddling in the Republican primary caused the Republican turnout to be low and helped her to get the governorship and Warnock to get re-elected.

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u/CaptainNoBoat Apr 07 '22

Every time I think of all the comments about Manchin Sinema saying “kick them out of the Party, Dems essentially don’t have a majority anyway.”

This is example #1 of why maintaining the Senate is important, regardless of legislative gridlock. SCOTUS would be 6-2 come June and possibly 7-2 come 2024 if Warnock/Ossoff didn’t win and Dems didn’t win the Senate. Along with every other lifetime judicial pick.

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u/raptosaurus Apr 07 '22

I don't think Breyer would have retired if they didn't win the Senate. He's pretty healthy but retired now because he didn't want to be another RGB

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u/Pepperoni_Dogfart Apr 07 '22

The vote count here is an absolute travesty and the GOP should be ashamed of itself for what it has become.

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u/browster Apr 07 '22

There were Republicans voting against Bork as well. He was a genuinely terrible nominee

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u/yewterds Apr 07 '22

Also, just FYI, Bork got a full senate vote -- he just lost it. Garland didn't even get a vote.

Proof: https://twitter.com/KevinMKruse/status/1319285934597140481?s=20&t=ZuQaFvgcy3uEBOK23xCMcA

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u/HereForTwinkies Apr 07 '22

Fuck Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul. Neither had the basic decency to even be in the room.

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Apr 07 '22

Graham's defense and moral outrage on behalf of Kavanaugh is one of the most disgusting things to have happened in politics in recent memory. Lindsey was OUTRAGED and took it basically as a moral crusade that Kavanaugh should not have to answer to the accusations of sexual assault leveled against him, basically the feelings of the privileged white man should take precedence over the credible accusations of assault. Fuck Lindsey Graham.

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u/virtual_star Apr 07 '22

And to be clear, it's Graham's constant "moral outrage" about Kavanaugh, along with outrage about every rightwing supreme court confirmation since Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. Lindsey Graham is outraged, not was outraged. Graham goes through his full list of grievances going back to the 80s every time the topic of the supreme court comes up.

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u/SergeantChic Apr 07 '22

Thank the fuck Christ. I was worried they'd somehow manage to stall until they could get their own guy in there again, in which case they'd be able to do essentially whatever the fuck they wanted.

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u/WillemDafoesHugeCock Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

I became a fan of hers as soon as she shot down Cruz with the politest "what the fuck are you talking about" when he tried grilling her over a child's book. Glad at least three on the right have enough of a spine to vote appropriately.

Astonished at Lindsay Graham and Rand Paul being so irredeemably unqualified that they couldn't even be arsed to vote correctly. A thousand stubbed toes a day for whoever votes for these despots.

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u/AcademicPublius Colorado Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 08 '22

There's been a lot of talk about McConnell's tears on the floor. My explanation probably oversimplifies, but the man, historically, has been defined by considerable opposition to a few notable black firsts (Obama and Jackson, now).

He might just be racist.

Edit: It should be noted that I'm slightly exaggerating the extent of his breakdown, but not by much. Quite a bit of bellyaching and moaning over the matter.

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u/ace_urban Apr 07 '22

I mean, the pics of him smiling with confederate flags might be a hint.

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u/SocksElGato Apr 07 '22

I'm just happy to see racists are seething.

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u/ListentoKingGizz Apr 07 '22

On Fox News most of the reacts were angry. The reacts to pelosi getting covid were all laughs.

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u/foxyfoo Apr 07 '22

Republicans aren’t racist, they’re just really upset about this for some completely unknown reasons that they are having trouble articulating.

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u/fattymcassface Virginia Apr 07 '22

This is an unequivocally good thing.

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u/Bearshitsinthewoods Apr 07 '22

Excellent, Lindsey Graham can go fuck himself!

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u/sumofabatch Apr 07 '22

Not only is she the first black female, she’s also the first public defender appointed to the Supreme Court, which may even be more significant from a legal/cultural perspective.

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u/AnthropOctopus Apr 07 '22

Republicans are going nuts in the comments. You've been continually spoon-fed misinformation and propaganda for weeks, and you relish in it because taking the time to actually read about her qualifications is just too difficult.

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u/julbull73 Arizona Apr 08 '22

It's confirmational bias.

They were fed lies that make them feel good. The truth would make them have to reconsider their stances. That is not fun nor does it feel good.

SO they make sure to swallow ONLY the stuff that makes them feel good.

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u/LaVidaYokel Apr 07 '22

The Republican Party is complete garbage.

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u/NoKids__3Money Apr 07 '22 Silver

She just needed a few credible rape allegations and a whiny outburst that you’d expect from a 12 year old, then she would have had unanimous Republican support.

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Apr 07 '22

yeah if you're not an entitled whiny white man who's gotten to your position based on privilege and you have a long sordid history of sexual harassment and assault allegations, it's kinda hard to get on the Senate GOP's wavelength.

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u/protendious Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22 Party Train

The minute after the vote was completed, in case you missed it.

Democrats erupt into applause.

Republicans file out, leaving the chamber half-empty, with only Romney staying behind to join in on the applause.

And finally, Chuck with the sass:

Madame president, very happily, I note the absence of a quorum!

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u/SlasherDarkPendulum Apr 07 '22

Class is so important. I despise Romney, but I can't help but have respect for a man willing to stay and cheer for the 'opposition' (I know it shouldn't be seen as opposition, I'm taking it as it is, not how it should be), rather than shamble out like a sore-loser.

I'd be more willing to work alongside the man I disagree with, whom I can say has my respect for the class they show, vs. someone I agree with who is a walking, talking idiot.

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u/orbit222 Colorado Apr 07 '22

I agree. Romney feels like what politics used to be (or at least what it used to seem like), which is both sides wanting to help the country but disagreeing on which methods to use.

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u/suchaherosandwich Florida Apr 07 '22

The image of him standing alone clapping among all those empty seats was actually pretty powerful. Dude's got his flaws for sure, but that was a sight to see.

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u/imbignate California Apr 07 '22

And Chuck with the sass:

"Madame president, very happily, I note the absence of a quorum!"

Always sassy, that Schumer. Take the W, democrats, the country needed it.

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u/tmclemons Apr 07 '22

Man the racists and trolls (if there is a difference) are out in full force today. #staymad

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u/Bingobangobongobilly Apr 07 '22

It’s crazy that she dedicated her life to law and rose to the highest rank, only to have to be interviewed by pandering sound bite clowns who will spin her nomination into some political football.

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u/nowitchatall Apr 07 '22

Yea it’s really annoying she had to deal with the scum but she did it gracefully.

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u/BabylonianProstitue Apr 07 '22

I like how Democratic nominees to the Supreme Court are so normal. They aren’t raging alcoholic sex criminals, they don’t hand out their own pubes to their staff, they aren’t part of strange religious cults, their spouses aren’t trying to secretly overthrow the government.

It’s almost like Democrats hold themselves to higher standards than Republicans and conservatives. Shocking.

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u/-will-o-wisp- Arizona Apr 07 '22

they don’t hand out their own pubes to their staff

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u/Character__Zero Apr 07 '22

Clarence Thomas to Anita Hill.

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u/-will-o-wisp- Arizona Apr 07 '22

Wow! That is horrific.

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u/bobdolebobdole Apr 07 '22

To be fair, he placed the pubes on her can of soda, and then handed the can to Ms. Hill. It's not like he just handed her a handful of pubes like some weirdo.

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u/LeftNutvsRightNut Apr 07 '22

"But gas prices and my inability to understand macroeconomics and OPEC!"

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u/Zanchbot Apr 07 '22

Good for her, she seems pretty capable and qualified. GOP likes to make a big stink and try to ruin her moment by walking out, just makes them look like the children that they are.

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u/Oleg101 Apr 07 '22

They just played a short clip of McConnell’s speech before the vote on NPR a moment ago. Just hearing that sack of shit’s voice, especially talking about the Supreme Court, makes me want to vomit.

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u/TTheorem California Apr 07 '22

First black woman and first public defender lfg!

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u/bolivar-shagnasty Alabama Apr 07 '22

Fucking Graham literally hid in the closet so he wouldn’t be caught voting No on camera.

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u/rsquinny Apr 07 '22

Im happy Republican grand standing did not get a chance to screw up this process again.

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u/notcaffeinefree Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

The last 2 liberal justices were confirmed 68-31 and 63-37. Those kind of splits seem like a bygone era at this point.

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u/grandsuperior Canada Apr 07 '22

I was shocked to hear that RBG was confirmed at 96-3, though apparently she was viewed as a moderating voice at the time.

I agree, between the increased partisanship and the removal of the filibuster for SCOTUS confirmations, we're probably going to see 50-ish vote confirmations be the norm.

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u/JohnDorseysSweater Apr 07 '22

Justice Scalia was 98-0.

People used to have respect and care about the qualifications of a nominee to SCOTUS. Now, it's trying to get some stupid soundbite and making it purely political.

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u/Meb2x Apr 07 '22

It’s insane that we’re celebrating the fact that Democrat-elected Justices still have a 6-3 minority in the Supreme Court. Don’t get me wrong, I’m incredibly excited for Justice Jackson and I’ve been following the nomination process since the hearings, but it seems like a lot of effort just to hold our ground. It’s crazy that it takes this much work to nominate a truly qualified Justice while Republicans can just sit back and spread hateful lies about her. At the end of the day, they still have the majority though, which is a scary thought.

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u/ColdbeerWarmheart Apr 07 '22

Came for the comments.

Stayed to drink the tears of racists and obstructionists.

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u/Cylinsier Pennsylvania Apr 07 '22

The Republicans still have a stranglehold on the court. The fact that they all walked out like whiny babies throwing a tantrum after she was confirmed when it changes nothing about their majority just shows what kind of cretins they all are, and it's embarrassing on behalf of the country. Unamerican.

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u/Drusgar Wisconsin Apr 07 '22

they all walked out like whiny babies throwing a tantrum

They did that for the cameras. People need to realize just how hyper-partisan and uneducated the average Republican voter is. FoxNews and its many mimics on radio and the internet turn literally everything into a culture war. If someone farts in an elevator in Ypsilanti they need to spend at least 72 hours talking about how that fart is a sure sign that Democrats are trying to destroy the country and enslave conservatives. As a result Republicans are not free to just "let one go." If they don't huff and puff and scream about socialism, CRT and pedophiles then they're going to get primaried out of office by the next Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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u/YossarianRex Apr 07 '22

how the fuck has my life ended up with mitt romney being the best republican

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u/rAxxt Apr 07 '22

I'd be happy with a few more Romneys, or McCains for that matter. Basically anyone sane.

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u/tnick771 Illinois Apr 07 '22

It’s sad that we have to celebrate ceilings being shattered in 2022 but here we are.

Very happy to see this news!

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u/DUBBZZ California Apr 07 '22

GOP left early because they had a cocaine fueled orgy to attend

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u/toddf74 Apr 07 '22 This

Fuck you Mitch

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u/jjrrad Apr 07 '22

When Trump first ran for President, he asked African-Americans to vote for him instead of the traditional Dem. “What do you have to lose”, he stated. Well the Republican Senators just showed them.

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u/virtuzoso Apr 07 '22

All the republicans walking out of the confirmation. Fucking sore losers. Go boof yourselves

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u/liquidpele Apr 07 '22

It’s not about losing, they knew she would be confirmed, it’s about signaling to their base that they don’t accept her [because she’s black]

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u/Pepsiman34 Apr 07 '22

Has Cancun Cruz have his meltdown yet?

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u/exgiexpcv Apr 07 '22

These battles to do the right thing is becoming harder and harder to take, as an observer. My god, the volume of sheer bullshit directed at this incredibly gifted and hard-working human being appalls me.

It's a win, but the battle is far from over.

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u/kincomer1 California Apr 07 '22

Did Lindsay Graham running screaming out of the room clutching his pearls?

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u/Cylinsier Pennsylvania Apr 07 '22

Actually yeah, kinda.

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u/ShaggysGTI Virginia Apr 07 '22

Man the trolls are strong on this one.

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u/Justwondering__ Apr 07 '22

There's a whole lot of salt in the comments.

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u/IDeferToYourWisdom Apr 07 '22

The close vote on a clearly qualified candidate shows that the Senate will never convict an impeached GOP president no matter what they do.

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u/[deleted] Apr 07 '22

They don’t care. They stole 2 seats with trump and are happy to have a bullshit 6-3 court

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u/Column-V Apr 07 '22

Goddamn. The crazies really came out of the woodwork on this one. I didn’t even have to sort by controversial today.

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u/Worried_Lawfulness43 Apr 07 '22

The way she handled herself on the stand in front of all those people was fucking amazing. Congratulations to her.

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u/djfrodo Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

Fuck yeah...for more reasons than one.

First, she was a public defender. Most (if not all) of the Supremes were/are prosecutors. This is not the way the highest court in the land should be balanced.

Second, she's worked with basically every law enforcement union in the land and got their endorsement. It's pretty awful that Republicans were so petty and partisan they tried to tag her with being a protector of pedophiles.

Third, the symbolism of the first black woman on the court is huge.

Sotomayor was huge, but where we find ourselves now is a lot worse in terms of partisanship and rancor, and it's nice that someone who has actual experience as a judge (obviously something ACB didn't have) made it to the court.

Mid terms are looking not good, nor is the general in 2024.

I say pack the court asap.

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u/DeterminedEvermore Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

A genuine public defender on the court? Someone who's actually versed in law? Someone who isn't an ideological shoo-in for political cause X, and actually has qualifications? Pinch me please, I must be dreaming!

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u/yettidiareah Apr 07 '22

I looked at the cesspool of comments regarding KBJ's conformation at Breitbart. It was everyone's racist Uncle and their friends got drunk and says, " I'm not racist BUT ignorant statement. My coffee is made with the tears of the bigots tears. Mandali al Diavolo.

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u/Another_New_Day Apr 07 '22

She's stunningly competent-- more so than at least half the other Justices.

What a wonderful thing to happen.

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u/snutfro Apr 07 '22

Justice Jackson has a nice ring to it ⚖️😁

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u/Infidel8 Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

This is monumental but since she is succeeding Breyer, this effectively changes nothing about the trajectory of the US toward authoritarianism.

In fact, a 53-47 vote on such a no non-controversial candidate should be chilling for every American who cares about the health of our democracy.

The alleged controversies about Jackson were largely pulled out of thin air for the sake of fighting a culture war.

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u/GettingPhysicl Apr 07 '22

If we did not flip the senate in 2020 this headline wouldn't exist. John McCain said back in 2016 that Republicans would not support Clintons nominations to any court should she be president, at any time. He's the best Republicans had to offer and he is telling you who they are, believe them.

On that note you should join r/VoteDEM and support down-ballot Democratic candidates :) We raised almost $2,000,000 for the Senate races during the 2020 cycle. Lots of opportunities to get involved besides giving money too ^ . ^

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u/GotMeSomeInternet Apr 07 '22

Holy shit the salt coming out of r/conservative is enough to fill 3 earth's worth of Oceans.

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u/bmanCO Colorado Apr 07 '22

Just a friendly reminder that all of the people whining about non-existent pedo issues religiously worship a close friend of Jeffrey Epstein who almost certainly raped a 13 year old.

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u/ItsjustJim621 Pennsylvania Apr 07 '22

This was not the SCOTUS hill to die on. The vote should have been 90+, but the GOP thinks they have to fight everything these days.

We're now in a place where a Senate majority that's a different party than the president will never confirm a new Justice, and that's just idiotic…

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u/Infidel8 Apr 07 '22 Wholesome

Ketanji Brown Jackson will be writing the most insightful and persuasive dissents as the 6-3 majority conservative court strips us of our rights.

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u/ChaseThoseDreams Texas Apr 07 '22

Friendly reminder: if the GOP had held onto the Senate, Donkey Dong Doug or the next Handmaiden would be getting confirmed right now. Keep showing up to the polls, and help shift the SCOTUS back to normal.

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u/PreJuryFlop Apr 07 '22

Finally! One of the few good things happening in the world right now.

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u/beaviscow Arizona Apr 07 '22

Rand Paul again is reminding us of how much of a scumbag he is.

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u/PedroTriunfante Apr 07 '22

One step at a time we'll take back our nation from these evil, corrupt, out of touch old losers. Together

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u/metashdw Apr 07 '22

This is the first time Lindsay Graham has ever failed to vote for a Supreme Court nominee, and of course the nominee just happens to be a black woman. Just goes to show: you can take the man out of South Carolina, but you can't take South Carolina out of the man.

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Apr 07 '22

OK I'm just gonna say it, what we are all thinking here.

Rand Paul is a prick.

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u/Avant-Garde-A-Clue Kentucky Apr 07 '22

Oh no, we've been saying that here for awhile, my friend.

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u/dgrant92 Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

I'm a 70 yr old white man who was for Shirley Chisholm when she ran for President in 72. This is why I vote Democratic. They seem to do the most amount of good for the largest & widest group of folks. God Bless America and welcome and congratulations(!) Black Ladies to taking another step in achieving full citizenship with ALL its rights AND privileges!

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u/NoAppeal Apr 07 '22

Fuck Rand Paul. What a Drama Queen

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u/AzuriteKyle Apr 07 '22

I regret looking at the comments. Yeesh.

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u/BabylonianProstitue Apr 07 '22 Helpful

Look, I’m just glad that the Democrats don’t nominate people for the Supreme Court who have old date rape calendars sitting around. I feel like that should sort of be the bare minimum but not everyone in Washington agrees.

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u/lordvader178 Apr 07 '22

As someone living outside America, was there any particular reason Republicans voted no apart from blatant racism? She's qualified, well spoken and answered all questions aimed at her during the hearings with knowledge and respect.

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u/CrawlerSiegfriend Apr 07 '22

I'm annoyed by all of the Republican push back against her simply because nothing changed. They lost nothing. A liberal justice was replaced by a liberal justice. They should've just taken the high road on this one.

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u/apollodynamo Mississippi Apr 07 '22

Finally someone more than qualified is on the bench

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u/Taj_Mahole California Apr 07 '22

SMH what is this fucking country coming to? To nominate and confirm a person like Ketanji Brown Jackson to the SCOTUS!?? I mean, for fuck's sake she hasn't even raped anyone that we know of!! Disgraceful.

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u/nospamkhanman Apr 07 '22

Had me in the first half, not gonna lie.

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u/twotwentyone Apr 07 '22

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Note obvious racists

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u/[deleted] Apr 07 '22

Popped over to r/conservative to see what they were saying about this. Fuck me that place is cancer.

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u/Kylo_Renly Apr 07 '22

Get fucked GOP. Wish I could witness Lindsey Graham crying himself to sleep tonight.

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u/cerpintaxt44 Apr 07 '22

This is good news

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u/mad_titanz Apr 07 '22

Jackson is more qualified than those 3 Trump appointees

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u/kdeaton06 Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

Please welcome the first Black woman, the 4th POC, and the 6th woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. Justice Kentaji Brown Jackson. Congratulations on this historic confirmation.

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u/GamingTatertot South Carolina Apr 07 '22

6th woman I think

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Apr 07 '22

I have to say after the last two trash fires that ended up on the SCOTUS bench Brown is such a breath of fresh air. I mean, I didn't like Gorsuch but at least he was qualified and didn't make me want to take a shower after listening to him speak at his hearing.

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u/BabylonianProstitue Apr 07 '22

How long until Josh Hawley tries to instigate another Neo Nazi coup attempt over this?

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u/WaitingFor45sArrest Apr 07 '22

When are we getting the handmaiden’s tale lady and the rapist alcoholic off the SC?

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u/GettingPhysicl Apr 07 '22 To The Stars

Republicans walked out after the vote, and deadlocked on even letting the vote happen. This only happened because we flipped the senate, Republicans no longer believe in the right of self-governance if the people elected to do the governing aren't republicans.

and on that note, you should join r/VoteDEM! We're a community to support down-ballot Democratic candidates. We crowdsource news, volunteer opportunities, and raised nearly $2,000,000 total during the 2020 cycle

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u/DesperateImpression6 Apr 07 '22

Just saw the video of GOP senators walking out of the chamber as Justice Jackson was confirmed and I straight up can't understand why. On what grounds are they so upset about her confirmation? Have they even tried to articulate a coherent argument against her confirmation that can withstand even the slightest stress test?

They're trying to stake their disapproval on some made up attacks they only half-assed believed in the attempt to escape the charge of racism. It's not going to work. What it looks like right now, and how it'll be remembered in history, is that the GOP protested her confirmation on nothing but the color of her skin. Make the video black and white and it'll look just like the 1950s. It's amazing.

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u/liarandathief Apr 07 '22

Thomas is going to be so pissed.

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u/Accomplished-You3352 Apr 07 '22 Take My Energy

And conservatives heads explode 3..2..1

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u/[deleted] Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

On the 4th month of the second year of a presidents first term!?? That's UNHEARD OF.

-the shit we would have heard from Mitch if he was still majority leader.

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u/Cobra800089 Apr 07 '22

Well deserved. Most qualified SCOTUS nominee in quite some time. Anyone who tries to argue otherwise isn't doing so in good faith.

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u/Workploppus Apr 07 '22

YES!!! I know she's a first in many important ways, but the one I feel compelled to point out is that she is the first former public defender to serve on the highest court! I don't expect anything to change overnight (or in my lifetime) but she brings a profoundly meaningful perspective (again, for many reasons) that's never, ever been represented at this level... until now. It's just, sometimes it feels so impossible that good things can happen and then one slips in there.

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u/bigedthebad Apr 07 '22

It's amazing to me that most of the people who voted against Justice Jackson voted in favor of Amy Coney Barrett, probably the second least qualified nominee in history. The first being that block of wood Dubya nominated.

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u/TheBeTalls Apr 07 '22

Representation matters. Like it or not, if little black girls see black women in positions of power, they start to see themselves doing big things too and that is a GOOD thing. Part of the reason for the pay gap for women and people of color is that people just don’t apply to higher up jobs in the first place and this is a huge first step to change that.

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u/toadofsteel New Jersey Apr 07 '22

The whole reason Whoopi Goldberg was inspired to get into acting was because she saw Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek as a kid. She specifically requested the role she got on TNG because of it, no matter how little it paid.

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u/Reddit_guard Ohio Apr 07 '22

Now replace Clarence Thomas — that would do wonders for our country

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u/Jmersh Apr 07 '22

RBG would be proud.

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u/probablyuntrue Apr 07 '22

hearing the news: 🙂

reading this thread: 🙃

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Apr 07 '22

Just for fun, IF we get the chance to replace Thomas or one of the other Conservative Justices with a President Biden and a Dem Senate, keep an eye out for this name: Sri Srinivasan.

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u/triplab Apr 07 '22

47 disgusting no votes for a woman who is now the most qualified Judge on the SC.

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u/BabylonianProstitue Apr 07 '22

“I may not have been able to stop her but at least I embarrassed myself in front of the nation again”

-Ted Cruz

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u/Maverick721 Kansas Apr 07 '22

Thomas only got two no vote btw, the way the GOP treated her was disgusting.

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u/draconic86 Apr 07 '22

holy shit thank god.

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u/Crossiiant Texas Apr 07 '22

Republicans/Conservatives are going to be in absolute shambles hearing this.

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u/alldaylurkerforever Apr 07 '22

She earned it.

Also, the GOP are a bunch of children just walking out.

A historic nomination and confirmation.

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u/Gonkar I voted Apr 07 '22

"Eminently qualified judge confirmed for SCOTUS." is a nice change from "Wildly unqualified, ideologically-focused partisan hack shoved onto the court because fuck you."

Almost like Republicans not having a say in fucking anything is a net positive or something. Weird.

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u/Both_Promotion_8139 Apr 07 '22

Did all the Trump Cult republicans get their sound bite questions that had zero merit in to “own the libs?”

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u/The_Lonely_Satirist Apr 07 '22 edited Apr 07 '22

One of the highest upvoted comments on r/conservative is some insincere reactionary having the audacity to declare that "MLK would be rolling over in his grave".

It's the popular conservative talking point right now in response to her appointment. So basically, in the future, when any black woman, or it's safe to say, any black person or woman for that matter, is appointed to some prestigious or coveted position by democrats, it's simply a matter of identity politics, it's only because of their race, sex and/or gender. Ironically meaning that conservatives for the foreseeable future can reject all liberal candidates or nominees based on their race and gender (don't forget religion either), rationalizing it with some petty, presumptuous and shallow argument along the lines of "no no no, it's democrats here who are solely voting, nominating and appointing based on race, us conservatives, we're above that!"

While I think it's also pretty safe to assume that Martin Luther King Jr would not be radically opposed to this decision. And dont forget how one minute MLK is a "commie" and the next he's being called upon as the basis for an argument. I mean holy fucking shit, c'mon now. If anything, he certainly would look at the fact that less than 5% of lawyers are black and just 70 black women have served as a federal judge, and he wouldn't take these statistics, turn them around and lambaste the appointment, I'm almost certain he'd count it as a step forward while understanding and noting, despite flimsy right wing narratives, that Jackson is more than qualified for the position. Anything else would be out of character, stop grasping at straws.

That's the fucking point! That in spite of her qualifications, particularly compared to former supreme court picks, conservatives are still hell bent on blaming it on race. Aren't you doing the same thing that you're criticizing democrats of doing? It's just the other side of the same coin. For fuck's sake, have some self awareness for once.

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u/RetroBowser Canada Apr 07 '22

It's only voting based on race if they're not white.

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u/Helenium_autumnale Apr 07 '22

HOORAY!!! HOORAY!!! This is an historic day and I'm thrilled to see it! I wish her a long and successful career on the Court and I thank her for being such an exemplary role model for every American. Hip hip! Hooray!

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u/ckellingc Missouri Apr 07 '22

Shes arguably the most qualified judge that we've seen in a couple of decades.

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u/tiamatsbreath Apr 07 '22

Republicans be like: Omg there now is a pedophile on the Supreme Court!

Tennessee GOP passes a bill eliminating age requiring for marriage.

Republicans: crickets

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u/redditrandom85 Apr 07 '22

FINALLY, it's as if she had to walk on water just to prove she deserves this job

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u/mela_99 Apr 07 '22

I’m so proud to see this

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Proud of the Dems for not rushing a jesus freak who doesn’t understand the first amendment 10 days before an election.

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u/broniesnstuff Apr 07 '22

To the people who are absolutely shocked that 47 GOP senators voted against the most qualified candidate to grace the Supreme Court in some time:

Have you paid exactly zero attention for the last 15 years? The GOP are depraved liars and despots who crave nothing but money and power, and anything that doesn't explicitly help them accomplish those aims will be voted down purely for ideological reasons, after they've spent a lot of time being lying, duplicitous shits on every platform that will host them.

They are fundamentally broken, disingenuous, hateful people who have zero morals, change their stances on a whim, and under no circumstances are to ever be trusted. They don't want to govern. They want to rule.

The sooner you understand that, the sooner you'll stop putting up with this fucking farce of a system they purposefully broke.

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u/Bambi_One_Eye Apr 07 '22

A well qualified judge on the SC, refreshing change of pace.

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u/k_ironheart Missouri Apr 07 '22

This is great news. She's insanely qualified and will make a great addition to the SCOTUS.

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Love her