The legal stakes around Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation may be lower than they have been in the past decade of Supreme Court fights. But that did little to defuse the partisan atmosphere that has now come to define nominations to America’s highest bench.
Jackson’s final vote on the Senate floor will be among the closest in Supreme Court history, even if her confirmation was never truly in doubt. Much of the committee proceedings around her nomination were focused on the fights around prior nominees and which party should be blamed for politicizing the Supreme Court confirmation process.
In announcing her support of Jackson, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski said explicitly that in addition to being satisfied on Jackson’s individual credentials, she wanted to reject the “corrosive politicization of the review process for Supreme Court nominees, which, on both sides of the aisle, is growing worse and more detached from reality by the year.”
“While I have not and will not agree with all of Judge Jackson’s decisions and opinions, her approach to cases is carefully considered and is generally well-reasoned,” Murkowski said.
She would later tell CNN of the Judiciary Committee hearings, “I think there was a level of personal attack that was unwarranted.”
That assessment was a far cry from how most other Republicans have panted Jackson’s nomination, even as they have praised what Jackson — who will be the first Black woman justice — has accomplished in her legal ascent.
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