Judge Jackson Will Be On the Supreme Court

Judge Jackson with President Biden at the White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The fight for Judge Jackson’s nomination continues in all of its fiery and partisan vigor. Earlier this Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee locked itself in a tie over whether the Judge’s nomination should proceed, forcing Democrats to compel a general vote on the Senate floor. The fight shows the entrenched partisanship of the nomination process and reveals the underlying racism that still guides the Republican party. Despite that stiff opposition and Republicans breaking a three-decade-long tradition of avoiding such deadlocks, it appears that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be a justice soon.

After Democrats decided to bring the vote to the floor of the Senate, several Republicans announced that they would vote for Judge Jackson’s nomination. Though not a moderate by any stretch of the imagination despite his opposition to the Trumpist wing, Mitt Romney has come out in support of Judge Jackson. Though that has prompted calls for his removal as a result.

Nor would Senator Romney be the only one supporting her nomination. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have also announced their support, practically securing Judge Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

While it is hard to gauge why Republicans like Murkowski and Collins, there are a few key reasons why the Republican opposition will fail. For one, polling shows that most Americans support Judge Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, with nearly a plurality of independents and Democrats supporting her. Even among Republicans, Jackson has some supporters, with nearly a quarter of Republican voters behind her nomination.

Graphic by Morning Consult, April 5th, 2022.

While that is part of it, the other part of the falling Republican opposition is their inability to utilize the usual thorns in the Democrats’ side, Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. Last week, Manchin announced his support for Judge Jackson, effectively putting direct pressure on Senator Sinema, though she has consistently supported Biden’s nominee.

Failing to get Manchin and Sinema to oppose Justice Jackson means that Democrats could use Vice-President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote without relying on Republican support. And that may be why some Republicans decided to support her to avoid a backlash against them.

Whatever the reason, the support of multiple Republicans and the rare display of unity from Democrats, combined with Judge Jackson’s respected reputation, means that Judge Jackson will soon be called Justice Jackson.

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