Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes the first black woman on the Supreme Court

“When it comes to one of the most important decisions a president can make, a lifetime appointment to our highest court, the Biden administration has let radicals run the show,” McConnell said earlier. , making a final argument against Judge Jackson, whose nomination he held up as an example of extremists taking over the Democratic Party. “The far left got the reckless inflationary spending they wanted. The far left got the insecure border they wanted. And today the far left will get the Supreme Court justice they want. wished.

Three Republicans – Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah – crossed party lines to vote to confirm Judge Jackson, lending a modicum of bipartisanship to an otherwise bitterly polarized process.

It was a sign of the deeply divided times that winning three Republicans was considered some kind of victory. When Judge Breyer – appointed by President Bill Clinton – was confirmed in 1994, it was by a vote of 87 to 9, in keeping with the prevailing sentiment at the time that presidents were entitled to the justice they had chosen. provided that the candidate is qualified and of a temperament suitable for the work.

But in recent years, Supreme Court confirmation fights have become a political blood sport, with combative televised hearings in which senators from the opposing party seek to tarnish the reputation of the president’s nominee, while making partisan appeals. to their main supporters.

The confirmations fell almost entirely along partisan lines. Democrats have evenly opposed Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald J. Trump’s third nominee for the court, who was rushed just before the 2020 election, and only one of them voted to confirm her second , Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, whose explosive hearings included a sexual assault allegation.

In 2017, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s top nominee, received three Democratic votes — the same level of bipartisanship as Justice Jackson — but his nomination only came after Republicans blocked the President Barack Obama to fill a seat on the Supreme Court a year early. , refusing to grant a hearing to its candidate, Merrick B. Garland, in an election year.

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