(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) At least five Republican Senators are prepared to back the nomination of Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s pick to replace the retiring Justice Breyer on the Supreme Court.
Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, has already issued a statement saying that she will vote for Jackson, but Newsweek suggested that Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Roy Blunt (Missouri), Rob Portman (Ohio), and Richard Burr (North Carolina) may follow suit.
BREAKING: Susan Collins flips, will vote for controversial Biden Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson
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“After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s extensive record, watching much of her hearing testimony, and meeting with her twice in person, I have concluded that she possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court,” Collins wrote in her statement.
“I will, therefore, vote to confirm her to this position,” she said.
With Collins in the bag, Democrats are nearly assured that Biden’s controversial nominee will be confirmed. If no Democrats bail, and none have given any indications they will, Vice President Kamala Harris will be denied the drama of having to cast a tie-breaking vote in a Senate split 50-50.
Looking to move the proceedings along before more cases can be unearthed of Jackson doling out disgracefully light sentences in child-porn cases, or promoting her passion for Critical Race Theory, Democrats hope to hold a final Senate vote to confirm Jackson late next week, according to the Associated Press.
Both Collins and Murkowski joined Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., last June in confirming Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, but Graham’s questioning of Jackson during the nomination hearings was contentious.
Murkowski, however, is facing a primary challenger this year who has the backing of President Donald Trump.
For his part, Mitt Romney has been particularly attentive to the “historic” nature of Biden’s nomination.
“It’s historic for an African American woman to be nominated,” Romney told Politico in early March. “My heart would like to be able to vote for her confirmation.”
Roy Blunt, too, has said that he would “really like to vote for the first black woman to go on the court.”
Newsweek pointed out that Blunt is not running for re-election this year, and that both Burr and Portman are in the same boat.
The RINOs come out of the woodwork as soon as they realize they don’t have to face voters.