Empower Wisconsin | March 28, 2022
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.
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.