I have lived in North Carolina for more than a decade. Both the choice and the stakes are clear when it comes to the U.S. Senate race in the Tar Heel state this fall. I’d rank a state or two ahead of it in probability of flipping a Senate seat but it will certainly be one of the biggest battlegrounds. It may be a slight exaggeration but I see the choice akin to one between good and evil one.
I found it somewhat puzzling that Republican Senators could have voted to confirm credibly accused child rapist Brett Kavanagh to the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018 and yet have refused to vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson for the same position on April 7, 2022 largely because they felt she had been too soft in her sentencing of possessors of child pornography even after her sentences proved to be in line with common judicial practice and often harsher than the prosecution has asked for. Well 37 of them did and that number would have been 38 if one actually came to work on a Saturday. Hey, it was only a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court on the line.
Well, if my gut is correct the biggest American political story of the week will be much bigger before its “lifespan” is extinguished. I’m talking of the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson (KBJ) to the Supreme Court.
There is no need to make things up (unless you are a present day Republican trying to justify your position) because the truth gives you more material than you can possibly cover in five op-eds a week. If you haven’t figured it out by now today’s article is another catch up attempt.
It may have been somewhat overshadowed by the war in Ukraine but the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to consider Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination for the Supreme Court illustrated just where America is today. Spoiler alert: It’s not a good place or the one the Founders envisioned.