Republican Senator Roy Blunt, who hails from Missouri, has become the most recent Republican to express his views on the upcoming nomination of Biden’s Supreme Court selection, Judge Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, as reported by the New York Post.
During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Blunt declared that his “sense is” that Biden demonstrated “every, every right in the campaign” and “every good intention” with regards to putting the first African American woman on the Supreme Court.
“I think it’s time for that to happen,” Blunt continued, “I was hoping that I could be a part of that.”
Blunt, however, began to adjust his expectations after holding conversations with Brown Jackson on Capitol Hill in the past week.
While Brown Jackson undoubtedly has the qualifications needed to fill the position, along with a “great personality,” Blunt remains concerned about Brown Jackson’s judicial philosophy.
Specifically, Blunt takes issue with Brown Jackson’s apparent perception of the Constitution “as a more flexible document,” as well as “even the law” itself, with cases illustrating that viewpoint.
Thus, Brown Jackson’s “judicial philosophy seems to be not the philosophy of looking at what the law says and the Constitution says and applying that,” but instead adopting a more “flexible” approach to interpretation, as detailed above.
Despite his reservations, Blunt believes that Brown Jackson will “certainly” be confirmed to the Supreme Court, which will constitute a “high point” for the United States.
Blunt notes that he “won’t be supporting her,” though he will “be joining others and understanding the importance of this moment.”
Other Republican senators have already proclaimed their support of Brown Jackson, including Senator Susan Collins of Maine.
Between Collins’ support and the entirety of her Democrat colleagues’ support, Brown Jackson appears to have the requisite support needed.
However, since Brown Jackson is filling the seat of Justice Stephen Breyer, the court’s 6-3 majority will not be altered.