Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia has just announced his decision on whether or not he’ll vote for Biden’s SCOTUS nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, and it’s absolutely one that I expected:
THE HILL – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Friday that he will vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination, making it ever more likely she’ll be confirmed to the court.
If all 50 Democrats back Jackson, the party will not need any GOP votes to win her confirmation with Vice President Harris breaking ties in the evenly split upper chamber. Manchin was not expected to oppose her, but was seen as one of two possibly uncertain votes along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.).
“After meeting with her, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court,” Manchin said in a statement.
Manchin pointed to Jackson “wide array of experiences” as giving her a “unique perspective that will serve her well on our nation’s highest court.”
“During our meeting, she was warm and gracious. On top of her impressive resume, she has the temperament to make an exceptional jurist… I am confident Judge Jackson is supremely qualified and has the disposition necessary to serve as our nation’s next Supreme Court Justice.,” Manchin added.
So unless Sinema balks on Jackson, she’ll be the next justice on the high court.
The question is how many RINOs will vote for her. I’d hate to think any of them will, but I expect Murkowski to vote for her at the very least. And maybe Collins and Romney.