Senator Joe Manchin (D - West Virginia) addresses supporters outside the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Senate Democrats via Wikimedia Commons.

Via TTN:

West Virginia moderate Democrat Joe Manchin is likely to support whomever President Biden nominates to the Supreme Court. During a recent interview, Manchin admitted that he’s open to supporting a nominee “more liberal than him.”

The Hill reports:

“It’s not too hard to get more liberal than me. So it would not bother me having a person who was sound in their thought process, who had been sound in their disbursement of justice and the rule of law, just because their personal beliefs [are different],” Manchin said during an interview with West Virginia MetroNews’s Hoppy Kercheval.

“As far as just the philosophical beliefs, no, that will not prohibit me from supporting somebody,” Manchin added.

Manchin said during Thursday’s interview that he would look at the “qualifications” of whomever Biden nominates and “make sure that the rule of law” is the “Bible” for the president’s pick.

“What you want is someone, forget the philosophical beliefs they may have, is basically how they have dispersed justice, their record. … It will be the character of the person,” Manchin added.

Manchin has been heavily scrutinized by his party for siding with Republicans on Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda and refusing to nix the filibuster. However, it’s likely that Democrats will be able to push through Biden’s nominee with control of both chambers.

Democrats have been pushing Biden to nominate a woman of color to the bench, a promise Biden previously made on the campaign trail. So far, the president has said he has every intention to keep to his word.

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1 year ago

Based on the Constitution and its clear separation of powers it is clear that the SCOTUS Justices should never be selected by political affiliation or personal beliefs. The SCOTUS has as its responsibility the enforcement of the Chief law of the land, the Constitution. The Justices single duty is to determine the Constitutionality of laws abd cases brought before them. The Constitution, being a living document, must be upheld by the Justices without regard to anything but the Constitution. They must not interpret the Constitution in any way that is would be in disagreement of it as that would be legislating from the bench. Legislation is the responsibility of Congress only. If an interpretation of the Constitution beyond what is written in it can only be done through the Ammendment process. We have allowed the SCOTUS to devolve into Liberal and Conservative Justices who have devolved into marketing executives for their political leanings. This is wrong and must stop. Justices should not and CAN NOT be influenced by politics as that is not their concern or duty to the Cutizens of the USA.

1 year ago

We know Biden won’t refer a conservative or republican judge so we have to accept that. What I would like to see is, if he is going to appoint a democrat to the bench, I would nominate Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. He is at least a person who respects the constitution and our laws. I’ve seen him discuss legal things on Fox and other stations and for a lifelong democrat, he seems fair and more level headed in his opinions. Just my take on him.