Thomas Gallatin / February 28, 2022

Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackson?

As he promised, Joe Biden picks a left-wing partisan black female for his SCOTUS nominee.

With his nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace the soon-to-be retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court, Joe Biden demonstrated that he has fully embraced the extreme Left. Brown Jackson has a long history of being not only a partisan Democrat but one who clearly sits on the far left side of the party. It is her leftist disregard for the Constitution that troubles us, but Biden would rather make all that subordinate to race and sex. “For too long our government and our courts haven’t looked like America,” he said, as if skin color and anatomy is what matters most. He did get the nomination in before the end of Black History Month, and while all eyes were on (Biden’s failure on) Ukraine.

The 51-year-old Harvard Law graduate was first nominated to serve on a federal district court by Barack Obama in 2013 and was confirmed shortly thereafter. Prior to serving as a district judge, a position she held until Biden nominated her to replace Merrick Garland on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Brown was a federal public defender from 2007 to 2010. During that time she represented several terrorists interned at Guantanamo Bay. Her advocacy for her terrorist clients was described as “zealous,” and she continued to represent some of the Gitmo terrorists after leaving public defense for private practice.

As a judge, Brown Jackson demonstrated a regular antagonism toward conservatism, as well as a favoritism toward leftist and Democrat interests. As district judge, she had what has been described as “a striking record of reversals by the D.C. Circuit — including by liberal judges — in her high profile rulings.” Her service on Harvard’s board of overseers will bring calls for her recusal when the High Court hears a challenge this fall to that university’s racist and discriminatory admissions practices. And that’s beyond the irony of her own circumstances as a nominee.

Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, warned, “With the intended nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, Joe Biden has made it clear that his top priority is paying back the left-wing dark money network that spent over one billion dollars to help elect him and Senate Democrats.” She added: “Before he was elected, Biden campaigned on the promise of unity and moderation. But since taking office, he has continued to deliver radical extremism. With the nomination of Jackson today, Biden continues to placate his liberal dark money friends.”

With all that said, from a politically practical point of view, all Biden’s nomination does is replace one liberal justice with another. SCOTUS will remain the current 6-3 (or 5-4 depending on Chief Justice John Roberts’s mood) conservative majority. So, how should Senate Republicans respond? With Kamala Harris serving as a tiebreaker even if all 50 Republicans vote against Brown Jackson, her confirmation appears inevitable. Republicans should keep their powder dry and save a more vociferous opposition for Biden’s potential next nominee. If that comes, here’s hoping it’s with the Senate in Republican hands.

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