VIDEO RELEASE: Senator Blackburn: When it Comes to the Constitution, Where Does Judge Jackson Stand?

March 20, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the only female Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to answer questions about her judicial philosophy during her confirmation hearing this week. 


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When it Comes to the Constitution, Where Does Judge Jackson Stand?


Here in the Senate, the Judiciary Committee is just hours away from kicking off Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, but we’re still missing her answer to a very important question: what is her judicial philosophy? Normally, we’re familiar with a nominee’s approach to the law well before her hearing begins; but as of now, all we have to go on is one single sentence provided to the Judiciary Committee last year, when she was up for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court.


Liberal Activists Argue Judicial Philosophy Shouldn’t Matter Because They Prioritize Results Over Reasoning


Over the past few weeks, I have heard a lot of liberal activists argue that this shouldn’t matter. When they look at the Supreme Court, all they see is a rubber stamp for their cultural agenda. The idea of a biased, policymaker justice appeals to them because they prioritize results over reasoning. After all, choosing heroes and villains is much easier when all you care about is getting the result you want. The chaos that ensues when the Court abandons the Constitution and kicks at moving goalposts doesn’t really matter to them—but it should.


The Senate Should Refuse Judge Jackson A SCOTUS Seat If She Cannot Prove She Is A Constitutionalist


It’s time for this nominee to speak up, and let Tennesseans know where she stands. After all, she’s up for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. If she refuses to prove her commitment to following the Constitution as it is written, the Senate should refuse to offer her a seat on the Supreme Court.