Supreme Court nomination hearings consist of a nominee speaking in blithe generalities while refusing to answer questions.
Depending on the party that nominated the candidate, the media either cheers or boos. When it doesn’t have enough material to work with, as in the case of Justice Kavanaugh, it makes things up, pushes insane lies, and does everything to destroy them.
When it’s the media’s candidate, like Ketanji Brown Jackson, then the media tries to shut down questions before they’re even asked. That’s what the media is doing with Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record on child porn. Nominees rarely answer questions honestly. Vocal supporters or opponents of abortion suddenly have no opinion on the issue. Radical leftists who supported burning the Constitution suddenly declare a strange respect for it while proponents of originalism pledge to respect the Warren Court’s precedents. That’s why it’s important to examine every piece of written material that they’ve put out there.
Everything a judge has written in the course of their legal career is fair game (unlike Justice Kavanaugh’s high school calendar or yearbook) because it gives us insight into their thinking. And what they are likely to do on the Supreme Court.
The process of appointing Ketanji Brown Jackson has been marked by obstructionism, particularly when it comes to her role on the sentencing commission.
The more that the Democrats and their allies obstruct efforts to obtain the relevant records, the more they make it clear that Ketanji Brown Jackson has something to hide. Shouting about racism and sexism won’t change the fact that the only way for the Senate to properly fulfill its function is by being able to examine all relevant materials. When Ketanji Brown Jackson and her allies obstruct the Senate’s ability to review her records, they’re obstructing her nomination. And no amount of identity politics or cheap shots will change that.
Child porn is an explosive issue, even if Democrats are trying to mainstream it in schools, but the media can’t and won’t be able to obstruct the issue.