When I am wrong, I am wrong.
When Joe Biden nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court over Michelle Childs, I thought Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) would lose it.
He has not.
In fact, he has called Jackson an “outstanding” candidate.
Keeping His Promise
When Biden was running for president, it was Clyburn that saved his campaign.
That support came with a caveat, however.
Joe Biden had to formally announce that he was going to nominate a black woman for the Supreme Court if he won and got a bench opening.
When Justice Breyer announced his retirement, Clyburn immediately put Childs on the shortlist, and everyone, including myself, expected her to get the nod.
Instead, Biden went with Jackson, but that has not upset Clyburn.
In fact, he fully supports the nomination…
Biden may have backed away from Childs because she already had open Republican support, which was drawing the side-eye by some progressives.
Jackson, however, will also have challenges.
Biden is trying to sell her as a nonpartisan juror, but she has had numerous opinions overturned during her tenure on the bench for overreach, which was a clear knock against her adding ideology to her decision-making.
I am now of the belief that Biden specifically chose Jackson in the hope that she would get resistance from Republicans so he can once again accuse the party of racism.
Oh, and by the way, Clyburn is dead wrong that there has never been a black woman in serious consideration for a Supreme Court spot.
That woman was Judge Janice Rogers Brown.
In fact, it was then-Senator Joe Biden and the former KKK leader, Senator Byrd (D-W.V.), who slammed the brakes on a black woman’s possible nomination to the court during the Bush administration.
Perhaps Clyburn needs to research his buddy Joe’s history just a bit more before making claims like that.
Source: The Hill