Republican Attacks On Judge Jackson Backfired As She’s Set to Earn Bipartisan Support

For weeks, we’ve watched as Senate Republicans insulted, disrespected, and lied during the nomination process of Ketanji Brown Jackson. Today, Judge Jackson is set to be confirmed, on a bipartisan basis, to sit on the Supreme Court, proving that Republicans’ attacks were nothing more than failed attempts to score political points.

The aggressive, cruel, and misleading lines of questioning on Judge Jackson’s record quickly backfired for Republicans both inside of the hearings, and out. 

Punchbowl News: “Yet the repeated grilling of Jackson on the topic in a combative, even dismissive way by other Republicans ended up damaging the GOP cause. By the second day of questioning, Durbin refused to delay the proceedings as Republican senators demanded more information on these cases. Jackson – unfailingly polite – declined to respond to their harsh questions. These tactics may have played well for the 2024 Republican presidential hopefuls with conservative media outlets, but it actually aided Jackson.”

Washington Post: “Josh Hawley’s misleading attack on Judge Jackson’s sentencing of child-porn offenders”

New York Times: “Critics of Jackson’s Child Sex Abuse Sentences Backed Judges With Similar Records”

FiveThirtyEight: “Nate Silver: Republicans’ Attacks Not ‘Politically Wise’”

Houston Chronicle: “Sorry, Ted. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson weathered storm of inane questions, insinuations from GOP”

And despite Republicans’ abhorrent attacks on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, in addition to receiving bipartisan support, poll after poll shows the American people overwhelmingly support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation.

USA Today: “Two-thirds of Americans back Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court, poll shows”

Marquette Law School Poll: “New Marquette Law School Poll national survey finds nearly 2 to 1 support for nomination of Judge Katanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court, with 66% of adults saying they would vote for Jackson if they were senators, 34% saying they would vote against. #mulawpoll”

Marquette Law School Poll: “Polling went on before and during Senate confirmation hearing for Jackson. Support for her was 64% among those polled before the hearings started and 72% among those polled after the hearings started. #mulawpoll”

Bloomberg Law: “Jackson Supported for Supreme Court by 2-1 Margin, Poll Finds”

Politico: “Meanwhile, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows plurality support for Jackson’s confirmation: Forty-seven percent of voters said the Senate should vote to confirm her, vs. 26% in opposition and 27% who had no opinion or didn’t know.”