ABC News on Thursday reported that President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s daughter Leila once asked then-President Barack Obama to put her mother on the Supreme Court, which has led some Democrats to complain that the nomination of a Black woman to the high court came six years too late.
Turns out the 11-year-old middle schooler wrote to Obama after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016 with the request to put her mother on the list of potential candidates. “She is determined, honest, and never breaks a promise to anyone, even if there are other things she’d rather do,” she wrote about her mother. “She can demonstrate commitment, and is loyal and never brags.”
Obama had nominated Jackson to the D.C. district court, but she was still relatively inexperienced at that time compared to what is expected of a Supreme Court Justice.
Instead, Obama nominated Merrick Garland. now Attorney General under Biden, to the seat, but Republicans blocked the nomination because it was an election year.
Progressives still complaining
Obama’s successor Donald Trump was able to nominate Neil Gorsuch to the seat after he took office in 2017, and Democrats have been bitter about it ever since.
“I was hoping that he would pick an African American woman,” Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) told Roll Call at the time.
“It’s never too late, it’s never too late to make history, when it comes to diversity and opportunity,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) said Wednesday.
Speculation at the time claimed that Jackson might have had a better chance of confirmation than Garland, but Durbin told the Washington Post that he didn’t think then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would have let any nominee through.
“If there was a belief that a Black woman, instead of Merrick Garland, would have had a different result, I don’t think that those people, frankly, understand McConnell,” Durbin said. “I don’t think that makes any difference at all to him and his Supreme Court strategy.”
Impact on the ballot box
But Lewis said he thought choosing Jackson might have impacted the ballot box later in the year. “I think that that would have been a good rallying point to keep the coalition together — no doubt about it,” he said.
But Biden is already so damaged that even the nomination of Jackson will not likely have enough of an impact to help Biden during the midterms or in 2024.
The real story here is that instead of being happy for the nomination, liberals are just complaining that it didn’t happen sooner. They are demanding time travel now, which demonstrates that they will never be happy no matter what anyone does.
This is why we have to stop trying to appease them: it won’t work.