Have Senate RINOs Already Caved On Biden SCOTUS Pick?
The failure of Senate Republicans to oppose Joe Biden’s Far Left judicial and executive branch nominees is about to bear poison fruit now that the retirement of Justice Stephen
Breyer presents Biden with his first opportunity to nominate a member of the Supreme Court.
Biden has filled the Department of Justice and the federal courts with the most Far Left slate of nominees to staff the government of the United States since the Communist infiltration of the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Even counting the avowed Communists like Alger Hiss hired during the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman administrations it would be hard to top such anti-American Biden picks as Kristen Clarke, head of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, and 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Holly Thomas.
In most (but admittedly not all) cases Republicans mounted at best nominal opposition to the Biden nominations, and in some cases the Senate GOP even provided the necessary votes to confirm the nominee.
That will come back to bite Senate Republicans if Biden nominates someone who has already been Senate confirmed, which would be the politically smart thing to do to fulfill his promise to nominate an African-American woman to the Supreme Court.
For example, one of the most-often proposed alternatives to fill the Breyer vacancy is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a federal district court judge in Washington appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013, who was elevated less than a year ago to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
As USA Today reported at the time, Republicans objected, at least in part, based on her answer to a question from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, about whether she agreed with the notion of a "living Constitution" that adapts to the times.
During her confirmation hearing, Jackson declined to answer directly, noting she had "not had any cases that have required me to develop a view on constitutional interpretation of text."
"Unless a circuit nominee can show me that he or she (is) affirmatively committed to the Constitution as originally understood, I don’t think that he or she should be confirmed," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, at that time the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It's only a fair way of doing things."
However, despite declining to answer a fundamental question about her judicial philosophy, Judge Brown Jackson was confirmed by the Senate 53 to 44.
The Roll Call showed these Republicans voting Yea:
And even worse, these Republicans did not vote:
The bottom line is that Sen. Lindsey Graham, now the Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who would be expected to lead the opposition to the Biden nominee, has already voted to confirm Judge Brown Jackson once, how can he vote against her if she’s nominated to the Supreme Court?
In a first year of his administration marred by many self-inflicted crises and blunders Biden has had one little-recognized success: He has posted record numbers of district court and court of appeals appointments, at least 42 as of this writing, a record not surpassed since John F. Kennedy was president.
The toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044), call your Republican Senators and demand that they use every parliamentary maneuver possible to keep any Biden SCOTUS nomination off the floor and vote NO on any Biden nominee to the Supreme Court that does reach the floor.
Stephen Breyer retirement
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson