Passing the Bar

After a week of hearings with questioning along predictably partisan lines, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is poised to become the first Black woman to ascend to the Supreme Court.

Yesterday, Judge Jackson’s nomination was “noticed” by the Senate Judiciary Committee where it will then “lay over” for a week, meaning she will be voted on in committee and reported out on Monday. 

While conventional wisdom suggests all Republicans on the committee will vote against her, there is some speculation Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) could support the nomination. 

Her nomination will then move to the Senate floor next week with Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney the most likely Republican votes.  

During the hearings, Democrats affirmed Jackson’s record of impartiality, endorsements from people and organizations across the political spectrum and vast legal resume. Republicans pushed Jackson on a legal record they perceive as being soft on crime, on court packing and on “dark money” organizations’ power in shaping the courts, as well as culture war issues like critical race theory in schools and the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.