TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2022
These legal experts today: Last night, Lawrence O'Donnell began and ended his Last Word program with segments about the impending confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court.
In his final segment, he spoke with two MSNBC legal contributors. The first Q-and-A went like this:
O'DONNELL (4/5/22): Professor Murray, first of all your reaction to what we saw this morning in the Judiciary Committee's meeting...
MURRAY: Well again, I think we saw a reprise of what we saw last week, which is the Republicans manufacturing objections to a jurist that many of them voted to confirm just a year earlier...
These legal experts today!
Within that Senate committee, were Republicans voicing objections to someone they had voted for only last year?
Actually, no. Last June, Judge Jackson was confirmed to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Of the eleven Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, only one—Lindsey Graham—voted to confirm her to that post.
The other ten all voted no last year, even before they manufactured their new objections in the past few weeks.
At this point, Lawrence threw to his second contributor. Her response was intriguing too. She seemed to say that black women have to be three times as good—not merely twice as good—to get where Judge Jackson has gotten.
Judge Jackson has had a very impressive career. In line with current operations of our Potemkin national discourse, Lawrence and his legal experts were telling us what sorts of things we tribals should think, and what sorts of things we should say.