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Tool of the Week: Ketanji Brown Jackson

Empower Wisconsin | March 28, 2022

What will the history books say about Ketanji Brown Jackson? It’s an interesting question during this Women’s History Month.

Will they note that President Joe Biden’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court couldn’t define the word “woman”?

When a woman, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, asked Jackson the question during her Senate confirmation hearing, the nominee said she could not answer because she’s “not a biologist.”

But she is a woman, no?

It’s not a question that requires a great deal of thought or expertise. But it’s the kind of inane answer Jackson provided in a cagey appearance before the Judiciary Committee.

Much has rightly been made of the biologist comment. Hopefully, Jackson’s many other non-answer answers will be taken into account by senators as they mull over whether this appeals court judge should take a lifetime seat on the highest court in the land.

As Harmeet K. Dhillon wrote in the New York Post:

After four long days of hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee, we are left with more questions than answers about what kind of justice Ketanji Brown Jackson would be if confirmed to the Supreme Court — and the answers the Senate received were troubling to the point of being disqualifying. 

Maybe most troubling, Dhillon asserts, is Jackson’s claim to not have a judicial philosophy. Instead, the nominee told the committee she uses a “methodology” that she’s developed in her time on the bench.  She said she uses “the arguments of the parties, the facts in the case, and the law that applies in every case” as “inputs” that aid her decision-making.

“The problem is that this ‘methodology’ wholly lacks substance, and Jackson described more of a functional strategy used by every judge, rather than a philosophical lens through which she views the law. A judicial philosophy is needed,” asserts Dhillon, chairwoman of the Republican National Lawyers Association.

Jackson’s verbal gymnastics are designed to not reveal anything on the record that exposes her for the very liberal judge she is, nominated to the bench by two very liberal presidents — Biden and Barack Obama.

Her “methodology” is steeped on a leftist — not textualist — reading of the law. Biden tapped Jackson because he thinks she will be a judicial tool of the Democratic Party. He nominated her specifically because she’s a black woman. Her qualifications were an afterthought.

So it is all the more interesting that the nominee tapped for her femaleness can’t, without the assistance of a biologist, define what a woman is.

Those women celebrated during Women’s History Month assuredly could.

From what we saw from Jackson during Senate questioning, Jackson is another tool of the left who’s troubling answers should disqualify her from the Supreme Court.

And we don’t need a biologist to declare Ketanji Brown Jackson Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.

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3 thoughts on “Tool of the Week: Ketanji Brown Jackson

  • Q for the Nominee: The *President announced that the qualifications for his nominee to the Court were two-fold: (1) that the nominee be a “woman,” and (2) that the nominee be black. No other considerations were enunciated. Thus, given that you cannot – by your own admission – definitively assert that you are a “woman,” is it not fair to state that you are here simply on the basis of your race? And, since you cannot definitively meet the *President’s first qualification, should you not withdraw in order for the *President to forward a nominee that meets his qualifications?

  • “He (Biden) nominated her specifically because she’s a black woman. Her qualifications were an afterthought.”

    He didn’t nominate anyone. He just read the script.

  • What does the definition of woman have to do with being a qualified judge other than to open a debate on a hot topic for which any answer can be spun to either party’s benefit? No matter what answer she gave would have been used as fodder to discredit her by conservatives, and praise her by liberals. The question was asked in bad faith, and her response prevented an unnecessary tangent into a fringe issue that’s being lauded as a major issue.

    In another article related to this, Shania Twain was quoted as being able to define a woman based on her song. I “feel” like a woman? Isn’t this exactly what the liberals are saying is the requirement you are struggling so had to fight? You are a woman if all you do is “feel” like a woman? Congrats on being woke with this one.

    I’m realizing this isn’t actually a forward-looking conservative newsletter, but a fountain of hate that doesn’t fit the editorial staff’s narrow world view. Where’s the focus on fiscal responsibility and getting the government out of individual people’s lives? All the recent years’ legislation against abortion and trans individuals is forcing the government further into people’s private lives. Can’t we love our neighbors as ourselves as the Good Book tells us?

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