It’s surprising that an skilled GOP authorities counsel can be shocked by the GOP throughout the SCOTUS affirmation course of.

On CNN this Friday morning, former GOP counsel for the Home Authorities Reform and Oversight Committee, Sophia Nelson, was each shocked and outraged that Mitch McConnell has introduced that he can’t help Brown-Jackson. McConnell’s rationale for not supporting her nomination is as determined and meritless as one would possibly count on:

 “I can’t and won’t help Choose Jackson to her lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court docket. [Brown-Jackson] declined to handle critically essential questions and ameliorate actual issues…  Choose Jackson was the court-packers’ choose. And he or she testified prefer it.”

If you’re questioning what McConnell is speaking about, please don’t ask me s to elucidate it as a result of I’m not making an effort on the unattainable. It takes McConnell-level of self-awareness and hypocrisy for McConnell to seek advice from anybody else as a “court docket packer.” Thus it was that Nelson went off in her commentary on “New Day.”

“Look, as somebody who was a Republican for years 25 years of my life as a black lady, I perceive how troublesome it’s to be part of that social gathering” Nelson replied. “However the shenanigans and the disrespect we witnessed this final week was race-baiting. Nothing that this decide has performed or stated in her previous warranted these sort of assaults.

One is pressured to leap in right here, however a black lady who has been a Republican for 25 years is shocked on the manner the GOP would deal with a black lady nominee? We’re so glad to welcome Nelson’s return to actuality and thank her for transitioning to the Democratic Social gathering.

You made a great distinction about Justice Kavanaugh. I didn’t assume Justice Kavanaugh was nicely handled, Brianna.

“I believed they need to have gone into non-public session with that info and spared the decide and the witness, most significantly, the kind of assaults and scrutiny they got here beneath. However the level right here is that should you have a look at the report, Republicans supported Ketanji Brown Jackson prior to now. Mitch McConnell has voted for her. Ted Cruz has voted for her. [Iowa Sen. Chuck] Grassley. So for them to quick ahead and saying someway this lady isn’t competent, as a result of she didn’t outline what a girl is for Marsha Blackburn? Excuse me!”

If a nominee to the Supreme Court docket is accused of rape, the nation rattling nicely has the suitable to listen to the girl’s allegation and Kavanaugh’s show of “judicial temperament” (should you’re a white man) in denying it.

“This can be a historic nominee. Thurgood Marshall, 69 votes. Sonia Sotomayor, 68 votes. We have now a apply of historic fists, like the primary black lady, or first black individual and the primary lady getting vital bipartisan help and this decide deserves it. And the way in which they handled her was appalling. I’m appalled as a black lady, appalled.”

Nicely, we’re all appalled, too, Ms. Nelson. It’s simply that that is the GOP and the truth that you’re instantly stunned smells slightly an excessive amount of like hypocrisy if you find yourself outraged solely when McConnell’s actions affect one other black lady. Wait till a attainable situation of Justice Thomas being pressured to resign (or resigning for “medical causes”) and McConnell makes an attempt to ban Biden from filling the seat in any respect.



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