After a four-day confirmation hearing, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) didn't waste any time announcing how he would vote on Joe Biden's Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. McConnell said yesterday on the Senate floor:
"I went into the Senate's process with an open mind. But after studying the nominee’s record and watching her performance this week, I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to our highest Court. First, Judge Jackson refuses to reject the fringe position that Democrats should try to pack the Supreme Court. ...
"Second, for decades, activist judges have hurt the country by trying to make policy from the bench. ... Judge Jackson has been on the D.C. Circuit for less than one year. She has published only two opinions. Beforehand, Judge Jackson served as a trial judge on the District Court. She testified on Tuesday that that role did not provide many opportunities to think about constitutional interpretation."
Jackson would be the first black woman to serve on the nation's High Court, but many Americans, including McConnell, appear to have doubts about her judicial philosophy and fear she would be an "activist" judge. This week, a left-leaning poll found that less than half of the people they surveyed (47%) think Mr. Biden's pick should be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.
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