The fight is over.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has crossed the party line on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
That one vote all but assures Jackson of being confirmed to the Supreme Court.
She’s a Problem
Collins is a moderate Republican who has a difficult base.
I understand that she has to walk a fine line when it comes to representing her constituents.
I give her a hard time on a lot of legislation, but I usually temper that with as long as she is doing what her constituents want her to do, so be it.
I do not live in Maine, so I really have no say.
A SCOTUS confirmation is a different story.
This is about putting someone on the bench that can put political ideology aside and allow the rule of law and the Constitution to dictate opinions.
As a lower-level juror, Jackson has proven she cannot do that.
When you see how many decisions have been overturned by higher courts, that should be the first hint that she is not worthy of the position.
Collins does not see it that way.
The Maine Republican stated, “After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s extensive record, watching much of her hearing testimony, and meeting with her twice in person, I have concluded that she possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.
“I will, therefore, vote to confirm her to this position.”
That is all she wrote, folks.
Anything from anyone else in the Republican Party at this point is nothing more than showboating because Jackson is assured of being confirmed.
This is not about handing Joe Biden a win or loss.
Biden was going to get a nominee through at some point regardless.
This was about stopping an activist from getting a seat on the court, and that is exactly what Collins just did.
I hope I am wrong… I hope Jackson crosses that line like Kavanaugh, Gingrich, and Barrett have done since taking a seat on the bench.
However, I believe when the rulings are tallied, we will have someone that chooses to take a liberal approach rather than a constitutional one.