Manchin Announces Decision on Ketanji Brown Jackson Vote

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Joe Biden’s nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer was controversial from the beginning. After four days of contentious questioning by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that controversy has only grown.


We’re talking about a woman who claims she can’t define woman because she’s not a biologist, doesn’t support minimum sentencing requirements for child porn offenders, and tried to dance around questioning from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — not a wise idea in and of itself — on whether she supports the tenets of Marxist-derived Critical Race Theory. In other words, KBJ is a radical leftist by every measure.

Yet, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) — often lauded by “our side” as damn near the best thing since sliced bread — announced in a statement on Friday he will vote to confirm KBJ, as reported by Fox News.

After meeting with her, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court.

Her wide array of experiences in varying sectors of our judicial system have provided Judge Jackson a unique perspective that will serve her well on our nation’s highest court.

During our meeting, she was warm and gracious. On top of her impressive resume, she has the temperament to make an exceptional jurist.

“Warm and gracious” and refusing to define “woman” are hardly related, Joe.

I’m generally amused — or left scratching my head — by conservatives singing the praises of the likes of Krysten Sinema and Tulsi Gabbard simply because they stand against the most radical elements of the Democrat Party. Add Joe Manchin to that list.


Like Sinema and Gabbard, Manchin is, at the end of the proverbial day, a solid Democrat.

Confusing the West Virginian Democrat’s refusal to support Biden’s potentially-disastrous Build Back Better legislation or Joe’s constant lying about ever-increasing oil and prices with the notion that Manchin would — or should — ultimately switch parties has always been a fool’s game. Just as it will always be a fool’s game with Sinema and Gabbard. Or even Joe Lieberman, back in the day.

The bottom line: In the end, your political “enemy’s” “enemy” is not always your “friend.”

As noted by Fox News, the Democrat-controlled Senate could confirm Jackson as soon as early April.

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