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GOP Heads Into Jackson’s Court Hearing With Eye on Midterms

  • Republicans have little chance of blocking Biden’s nominee
  • Senate Judiciary Committee set to start hearing next week
Ketanji Brown Jackson on March 9.
Ketanji Brown Jackson on March 9.Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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Senate Republicans have scant chance of blocking Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s elevation to the Supreme Court, making her confirmation hearings starting next week as much about laying the groundwork for political campaigns as about vetting her qualifications.

The clearest picture of the Republicans’ approach to Jackson’s nomination was laid out by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, who said her background as a public defender raises questions about her views on “law and order,” an issue that dovetails with the party’s message for the November midterm election and beyond.