This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on January 28, 2022.
“He’s been in the trenches for decades,” says Nan Aron, who worked with Biden on several of those nominations with the group she founded, Alliance for Justice. In the last two decades, the number of progressive groups focused on judicial activism has increased greatly, with some using the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight in 2018 as a kind of Washington launching pad.
“He’ll have a formidable army,” Aron says, though it is not yet clear if he will need one, given that Democrats have a majority in the Senate, narrow though it may be. So long as every Senate Democrat stays in line, there’s very little Republicans can do to stop Biden’s pick, unlike in 2016, when Biden, then the vice president, witnessed them stonewall Merrick Garland’s nomination into oblivion.