Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, announced his intention to vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
In remarks on the Senate floor, Whitehouse praised Judge Jackson's historic nomination, commended her depth of experience and judicial temperament, and called out his GOP colleagues' empty concerns over Judge Jackson's "judicial philosophy." This "judicial philosophy" talking point was sent to Republican senators by right-wing dark-money groups before Judge Jackson was even nominated, according to a memo obtained by Documented. GOP senators subsequently used the phrase "judicial philosophy" over 50 times during the week-long confirmation hearing.
Whitehouse also corrected the record on Republican attempts to rewrite history regarding attacks against abortion clinics, the Kavanaugh hearings, and the influence dark money exerts over the Republican judicial selection process.
Whitehouse concluded, "Judge Jackson is a walking reminder of what the Court ought to be. She didn't pass through the dark-money-funded turnstile at the Federalist Society. She arrived, after a lifetime of accomplishment against unimaginable odds, through a fair and honest selection process -- through her merit and abilities. The attacks on her in the committee were unseemly, but at the end of the day, they were "sound and fury, signifying nothing.' Judge Jackson will excel on the Supreme Court, and I will proudly cast my vote to put her there."