The media is going through its usual routine of canvassing GOP Senate members and finding out who might be willing to vote for the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson. The pretense here is that if Jackson weren’t black, more Republicans than just Susan Collins would be willing to vote for her.
Of course, that’s a lie.
9 Republicans voted for Sonia Sotomayor, only 5 voted for Elena Kagan. We can expect the number to hit a new low with the Jackson vote.
But then again the last time more than 4 Democrats voted to confirm a Republican nominee was 2005.
Amy Coney Barrett, who was fully qualified, had zero Democrat votes. One Democrat, Manchin, voted to confirm Kavanaugh. If Jackson gets one GOP vote, that’s more than Barrett got and exactly what Kavanaugh got.
(Collins, who voted against Barrett, will now vote for Jackson.)
John Roberts in 2005 got 22 Democrat votes. By next year, Justice Alito had only 4.
The media will falsely claim that Republicans are poisoning the well, but let’s remember that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, despite her leftist politics, won Senate confirmation by 96 to 3.
Stephen Breyer, who is now retiring, was confirmed 87-9.
That’s despite the outrageous treatment of Robert Bork and Justice Thomas who was confirmed on a near party line vote on what was then the narrowest confirmation vote ever.
It’s prety clear who poisoned the well.
By the Obama administration, Republicans were no longer willing to shut up and take it. Now even the weakest Senate Republicans aren’t willing to stick out their necks knowing that they can expect no collegial courtesy.
Democrats created this brave new world of abusive Senate confirmations and party line votes. Complaining about the Jackson vote is nothing more than hypocrisy.
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