Reviews | Supreme Court Cleared All Black Money Supporting Ketanji Brown Jackson


On Tuesday, McConnell repeated in the Senate that he was “troubled” by the “intensity of Judge Jackson’s far-left fan club.”

Even for McConnell, a five-time Olympic gold medalist in hypocrisy, it was special.

There is perhaps no human being more responsible for the tsunami of unlimited, unregulated “black” money that has corrupted and consumed American politics than Addison Mitchell McConnell III. No one has worked harder to thwart campaign finance limits and block the disclosure of contributors’ names. One Nation, the black money group that McConnell effectively controls with his former chief of staff at the helm, raised more than $172 million in 2020, according to a tax filing obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

McConnell complaining about black money is like Russian President Vladimir Putin complaining about cruise missiles. And the absurdity doesn’t stop there. Direct the kvetching on black money groups supporting Jackson? Right-wing black money groups that spend millions in black money to oppose Jackson.

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Still, it’s refreshing to hear McConnell and the right complain about black money misrepresenting Supreme Court nominations. This is a case of brutal justice. It’s hard to overstate how much the Supreme Court‘s 2010 decision in United Citizens and subsequent decisions distorted and corrupted the policy. It is therefore normal that the distortion also reaches the high court. Just as anonymous, unregulated billions have elected extremists and rewarded intransigence, black money ensures that future candidates for court are vetted and approved by unknown donors rather than the advice and consent of the Senate.

After groups backed by dark money, such as the Judicial Crisis Network, hijacked Supreme Court nominations to the right, McConnell’s ilk can hardly be surprised that the same strategy is employed by groups such as Demand Justice, which now wields considerable influence on the left. .

No wonder the confirmation process has become a farce — as we see again in Jackson’s case. No doubt she will be confirmed, and there is no doubt about her qualifications: Harvard Law, Supreme Court clerk, public defender, eight years as a trial judge, appellate judge. So those looking for a reason to oppose her have tasted alien attacks.

Carrie Severino, head of the aforementioned Judicial Crisis Network, told Fox News in early February that “the record of reversals of Judge Jackson by the left-leaning DC Circuit is troubling for anyone concerned about the rule of law.” That’s a curious claim, given that Jackson’s over 550 case cancellation rate was about 2%. It’s even more curious because the same Carrie Severino recently told Bloomberg Law that “there’s not much you can pull from inversion rates in a vacuum.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), for her part, said Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination “signifies that the radical left has once again won over President Biden.” Those who claim the “radical left” against Jackson (the Republican National Committee calls her a “radical left activist”) point to her decision against the Trump administration’s claim that it could ignore subpoenas, while ‘she dared to write that ‘presidents are not kings. But Graham claims the “radical left” even though he voted to confirm Jackson at the appeals court. The “radical left” charge is also refuted by endorsements of it by retired conservative justices J. Michael Luttig and Thomas B. Griffith, and by William Burck, an attorney for Trump White House officials.

Others are preparing to say that Jackson’s nomination will be rejected by the Senate. John Barrasso (Wyo.), the GOP Leader in Senate No. 3, said the country “cannot afford this process to be rushed.” McConnell wants a “comprehensive review”. Their newfound patience comes after confirming Amy Coney Barrett just 30 days after Trump nominated her – and a week before the 2020 election.

And, of course, there’s the charge of black money. “Far-left group Dark Money calls for justice to get their Supreme Court nominee” was the headline of a press release from McConnell’s office last week.

Charles E. Grassley complained to Fox News that Jackson was “the preferred candidate for these black-money leftist groups”. Right-wing radio storyteller Glenn Beck complained that “his name was on a shortlist backed by millions of dollars in black money”. Fox News contributor Harmeet Dhillon told host Tucker Carlson that “black money controlling what the president does…is not the way to choose judges.”

Indeed no! Alas, there was no such protest when the black money-funded Judicial Crisis Network spent tens of millions attacking Merrick Garland and supporting Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Barrett.

Maybe now that the right is complaining about unregulated and unexplainable money in politics, the conservatives on the Supreme Court will see the mistake they made. But the smart money is still about black money.

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