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Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination will not affect the ideological composition of the court, controlled by a conservative super-majority of six justices, including three appointed by Donald Trump, but it does secure a liberal seat on the bench for at least a generation.
The nomination represents a welcome bright spot for Joe Biden, whose approval ratings have fallen to record lows as he confronts myriad crises at home and abroad. It is also his most significant opportunity yet to shape the federal judiciary, which remains overwhelmingly white and male.
In his first year, Biden nominated a record number of district and appeals court judges from a range of racial, ethnic, geographical and legal backgrounds.
Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill have said they intend to move forward quickly with the confirmation process. It will be the first Supreme Court confirmation hearing for a Democratic president since Elana Kagan was nominated by Barack Obama twelve years ago.
Republicans refused to hold a hearing for Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, which further poisoned what has become scorched-earth affairs.