Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may have initially approached the Senate confirmation hearings for Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, with relative enthusiasm. However, after his experience during the hearings, McConnell appears to be singing a different tone with regards to the president’s top choice for the Court.
McConnell initially referred to Jackson as “a sharp lawyer with an impressive resume,” though he is now concerned by the fact that Biden’s nominee appears “evasive and unclear” with regards to a key issue facing the Supreme Court: court packing.
“[Jackson has] declined to … ameliorate real concerns” by failing to “address critically important questions,” McConnell remarked on Wednesday morning, as reported by The Hill.
“First and foremost is the simple question of court-packing,” McConnell continued, observing that the far left “fringe groups” that heavily back Jackson clearly want “to destroy the [legitimacy of the Supreme Court] through partisan court-packing.”
“[Jackson] was literally the court-packers’ pick for the seat,” McConnell continued, “and she has repeatedly refused to reject their position.”
In addition, McConnell also drew attention to the fact that both Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had long decried attempts from extremist Democrats to pack the Court in order to take revenge on former President Donald J. Trump, who had the opportunity to appoint three conservative justices during his tenure at the White House.
Unfortunately, Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court has repeatedly “refused to follow in the footsteps of Ginsburg and Breyer,” as observed by McConnell, especially since she consistently “refuses to rule out what the radical activists want.”
While Jackson apparently informed Senator Kennedy that she presumably has “an opinion on court packing,” she refuses to divulge the details of that “opinion.”
In doing so, she is “quietly [signaling] openness,” per McConnell, which is starkly opposed to both Ginsburg and Breyer “[slamming] the door” on the issue of court packing.
McConnell also recalled a troubling remark that Jackson previously made to the Senate committee, notably that she “would be thrilled” to serve amongst “however many [Supreme Court Justices] Congress thought appropriate.”
Moreover, Jackson further amplified the questionable nature of her candidacy by exposing “a remarkable lack of candor” regarding any insight into her true judicial philosophy.
“[Jackson] tried to punt by simply restating the most basic elements of a judge’s job description,” McConnell remarked wryly, noting that she also “tried to dodge questions about constitutional interpretation by claiming that she does not have enough experience.”
After Jackson alluded to not having sufficient experience regarding constitutional interpretation, which is the primary responsibility of a Supreme Court Justice, McConnell declared, “the Senate certainly should not confirm her.”