Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, and his replacement will likely shape U.S. political life for decades. Right now, all eyes are on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson , a federal judge serving on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate has already confirmed Jackson twice: once in 2013, when she became a federal trial-court judge, and then again in 2021, when she was elevated to the federal appeals court. Her most recent confirmation vote was bipartisan, with Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski voting along with all Democrats to support her . So, even though there will undoubtedly be a partisan battle ahead, with the Democrats still controlling the Senate, all bets are on this being a successful nomination. That would be a huge victory for President Biden for two reasons. First, he will now have the opportunity to fulfill his campaign pledge of putting the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. There have been two Black … [Read more...] about Stephen Breyer’s Retirement Won’t Save Us From Supreme Court Insanity
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is set to announce his retirement at the age of 83, avoiding a repeat of the debacle created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s untimely death and handing the Biden administration a chance to install the first new liberal justice on the court since Elena Kagan in 2010. Standing in the way, as always, is the Other Joe. Our task, once again, is to read the tea leaves and arcane symbols scrawled in clean coal on cavern walls in order to divine what West Virginian Senator Joe Manchin will do next. As Vox notes, pondering this exact question , Manchin has so far voted to confirm every lower court judge Biden has nominated, including D.C. circuit court judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is the presumptive frontrunner to be Biden’s Supreme Court nominee. He voted for Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s first two Supreme Court nominees, but opposed the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett on the grounds that her nomination was squeezed in right … [Read more...] about Will Joe Manchin Kill Biden’s Legacy Forever by Rejecting His Supreme Court Nominee?