Will Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Push The Supreme Court To The Right?
Shortly after Justice Breyer announced his retirement, I suggested that President Biden should pick a new “Roberts whisperer”–a jurist willing to work hand-in-hand with their colleagues to temper the court’s conservatism. Perversely for Biden, a more-liberal nominee will make the court more conservative. A more middle-of-the-road justice can keep the court closer to the center.
Will Justice Jackson be that bridge-builder?
Justice Leandra Kruger’s surrogates suggested to David Lat that Justice Jackson could not fill that role:
If this were a 5-4 Court in favor of liberals, Judge Jackson would be a fine choice. She would be a powerful voice on the left—à la Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whom many progressives regard as “the conscience of the Court”—and by staking out the far left, she might tug the entire Court leftward and make the other liberals look more moderate.
But we don’t have a 6-3 or even 5-4 Court in favor of the liberals. Instead, we have a 6-3 Court dominated by conservatives. And this calls for an entirely different type of justice, with an entirely different ideological bent.
When you’re in the minority to that degree, you don’t want an ideological bomb-thrower; you want a bridge-builder. You don’t want a hard-core liberal or progressive; s
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