During the 2020 campaign, President Joe Biden pledged to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court and he reiterated that promise after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his imminent retirement at the end of January.
“The person I will nominate will be someone of extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity, and that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,” Biden said. “I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.”
This quickly produced unsurprising squeals from conservative corners about both “affirmative action” and “politicization.”
Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) all bashed Biden for advancing a nominee based on a “quota.” Editors for the conservative National Review wrote that Biden “disqualified dozens of liberal and progressive jurists for no reason other than their race and gender.” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) took her criticism in a slightly different direction, calling Biden’s ann...