In D.C., Democrats are confused about what a woman is. In California, they're confused about what a judge is. Governor Gavin Newsom (D), apparently desperate to set new disapproval ratings, made the unbelievable decision to put another biological man in woman's clothing on the court. At a time when the debate over transgenderism has never been more heated, Andi Mudryk's appointment makes it clear exactly where Democrats stand -- and it isn't with reality.
"I'm glad to finally have a trans colleague on the bench in California," Alameda Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowsk said, after 12 years of being the only male judge in the state to identify as a woman. While the nation bitterly debates the onslaught of transgenderism in girls' sports, more states have stood up to fight the Left's LGBT obsession. Not Newsom. "As governors and state legislatures across the country attack the trans community, we applaud Governor Newsom's continued commitment to increasing trans representation," Equality California cheered.
Meanwhile, in the nation's capital, the country will have to wait at least another week to find out the fate of Biden nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. In the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republicans have asked for more time to look at Jackson's record -- especially in light of some of her shocking answers (and non-answers) at the hearing. "You know, some of us still have questions for the record, written responses that we're waiting to get," Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) explained on "Washington Watch." "All of that has to take place [first]," Blackburn insisted.
Other Republicans don't need any clarification. They've heard enough. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he went into the process with an "open mind," "but after studying the nominee's record and watching her performance this week, I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court." The GOP's second-in-command, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), followed soon after. "I enjoyed meeting with Judge Jackson and respect her achievements," Thune agreed, "but I cannot in good conscience vote for a Supreme Court justice whose record indicates that she will allow her personal political opinions to shape her judicial decisions."
As more is unearthed about Jackson, the overall picture isn't encouraging. "What is really interesting to me about this is that Judge Jackson has shown how far to the Left she is," Blackburn insisted, "how tied in she is with the progressive side of the Democratic Party. So every day that passes, there are more people that say, 'I do not support having someone who holds these views this far out of the American mainstream.' And that is something that I think people all over the country are weighing in on this, whether it is her praise of progressive education and CRT, her lack of a judicial philosophy, [her refusal to answer the question of] court packing."
But the exchange that got the most attention wasn't any of those things, as concerning as they are. It was when Blackburn asked Jackson to define the word woman. When she said she couldn't -- she wasn't "a biologist," after all -- the Tennessee senator was briefly speechless. "I think you could hear in my voice. I was surprised... I was going to go on and talk about the NCAA and the biological male-female competition, which, of course, the court at some point is going to have to rule on... But this just shows you how far to the left this progressive wing of the party is pushing to the point that they won't even define the word 'woman.' So how do you rule on a Title VII or a Title IX or a Discrimination Case or Violence Against Women Act? How do you make those rulings if you will not define the difference between male and female?"
And to most people, it's not so much that she couldn't define "woman," it's that she wouldn't. Jackson, like everyone else, is afraid of inciting the Left -- who wants us to believe that gender is up for interpretation. It isn't. As Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said, "the beautiful thing is," none of us has to define a woman. "God already did it."