harris: Kamala Harris will play a key role in the selection of the new SC judge
WASHINGTON: Kamala Harris considers Constance Baker Motley, the first black female federal judge in U.S. history, her hero, someone she says “inspired me from a young age to fight for the voiceless and for justice”. On Thursday, President Joe Biden claimed his much-criticized vice president would help him choose a likeness of Motley to an even higher perch, the highest court in the land.
“I am fortunate to have been advised in this selection process by Vice President Kamala Harris. She’s an outstanding lawyer, a former California State Attorney General, a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Biden said at a White House event with retired Justice Stephen Breyer, saying that a black woman nominated to the Supreme Court was “long overdue.”
Harris herself confirmed she would be a key player, telling reporters during a visit to Honduras that “the president and I will work closely…on the selection process,” ending speculation that their links are frayed.
Biden has often described his vice president as “the last voice in the room” on critical issues, including important foreign policy issues such as the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and sometimes absently referring to her as “President Harris.” But no issue could be closer to the heart of America’s first vice president of color than the selection of the first black woman justice to the United States Supreme Court, given her own formative experience as an immigrant child. minority in the segregated 1960s and her journey as a law student and after career as a prosecutor.
In interviews, speeches, and essays, Harris has often reflected on Constance Baker Motley’s influence on her life, beginning with her work in the landmark 1954 case of Brown v. Board of Education which led the United States Supreme Court to unanimously declare that educational institutions are inherently unequal. The subsequent dismantling of racially segregated education allowed little Kamala to attend a coeducational school in California.
Harris will now have the opportunity to help select — and guide a Senate confirmation — a likeness of Motley from a slew of black candidates, including California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger and DC Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. . A little wrinkle or a big hurdle depending on the source: South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn, an African-American party veteran, is pushing for US District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs of his state of ‘origin.
Clyburn was an early supporter of Kamala Harris when she ran for president, and he later saved the Biden campaign after initial setbacks when he lost three primaries in 2020, resurrecting it in South Carolina . Apparently, he had then obtained a promise from Biden, requiring him to publicly commit to appointing a black woman as a judge to the SC if he made it to the White House. The lawmaker would now insist on cashing in his tokens.
But no matter which black candidate is confirmed — a process Republicans are certain to try to thwart — Democrats won’t be able to offset the ideological tilt of the Supreme Court, which will still slant conservative by a 6-point margin. 3. That’s because Republicans commanding a Senate majority during the Trump presidency managed to get three candidates through. Considering that all three are relatively young (Neil Gorsuch, 55; Brett Kavanagh, 57; and Amy Coney Barrett, 50), and U.S. Supreme Court Justices can serve until their death, the Supreme Court’s conservative leanings are assured for at least another generation. .
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