Have we lost the true purpose of SCOTUS hearings?!

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been following the current Senate hearings on SCOTUS nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. I have followed SCOTUS nominee hearing for decades. These hearings as so very like and yet unlike the past three hearings for Justice nominees. It seems the hearings are no longer about questioning the competency and ability of the nominee to uphold the Constitution and Laws of the land, to remain fair and impartial, but rather about grandstanding, self-promotion, and forceful presentation of your view (and party views) while neglecting to ask questions.

The poise, control, restraint, and qualifications of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson shine through it all. And, YES, keep teaching the Senators, the Nation the true law!!

You’ve also probably seen, but not read, ALL the Articles and OpEd pieces out there regarding the hearings for the new SCOTUS nominee. We’d like highlighting a few we feel are important. [links at end of references] We’d love to hear if you too have other important articles and opeds, so please put in responses if you’d like..

What Mitt Romney says about Republican attack on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. “It struck me that it was off course, meaning the attacks were off course that came from some,” the Utah Republican told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “And there is no there, there.” Deseret News

Outrage and Hope – Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner. “I felt indignant. And inspired. Embarrassed. And proud. Outraged. And hopefully.” Steady

KBJ and SCOTUS – Brennan Center. “Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faced a barrage of wrongheaded criticism connected to her experience as a public defender.” Brennen Center

The bad-faith scrutiny reserved for Black SCOTUS nominees – Brandon Tensley, CNN. “many Republican members of the Senate Judiciary committee wasted no time embracing the kind of bad-faith scrutiny often reserved for women and Black nominees”
CNN, Race Deconstructed

4 Takeaways – Domenico Montanaro, NPR “After three long days of confirmation hearings, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson … largely acquitted herself well. … there was a lot more from the hearings, so let’s dig in…” NPR KBPS

Definition of a Woman – Monica Hesse, The Washington Post “Over four days of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, I saw the patience of a woman who knows that impatience is not an option. I saw the weariness of a woman who knows she is not allowed to be tired. I saw the canniness of woman who knows what it means to be judged by her decisions and who judges herself harshly, too — perhaps even more harshly than many of the senators on the dais..” Post