Who is Jane Nitze, and should I care what she thinks? The answer to this question is: “I don’t care and neither should you.”
Jane Emma Kucera Nitze is the face of a $2 million advertising campaign supporting the judicial nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. This campaign is funded by the Judicial Crisis Network. In the $2 million ads, she says: “I’m 100 percent comfortable with Judge Gorsuch becoming the next Supreme Court Justice.” And I say, “so what?”
Nitze comes from white privilege. She has bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from Harvard University. She is the daughter of Dr. Emma Koukol Kucera (an endodontist) and Dr. Jan F. Kucera of Boston (a neurology professor at Boston University). She clerked for both Judge Gorsuch and Justice Sonia Sotomayor (who conducted her marriage ceremony), worked as an attorney advisor in the office of legal counsel at the Justice Department in Washington, and now is a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
Jane’s husband has an even more impressive pedigree, which I won’t go into; but suffice it to say that he has clearly led a life of white male privilege.
Now I am happy that Mr. & Mrs. Nitze have a very nice, privileged life. But I object to Jane telling me she is okay with Judge Gorsuch and implying that I should be, too. The only thing I have to say to that is: “HOBBY LOBBY!” In the infamous Hobby Lobby decision, Gorsuch argued that the requirement that employers cover birth control for their employees would force business owners “to underwrite payments for drugs or devices that can have the effect of destroying a fertilized human egg,” despite arguments from the law’s supporters that an exemption would allow owners to impose their faith on employees. BTW I am still boycotting Hobby Lobby (and I’m a knitter!). The picture above was taken at a Hobby Lobby after a protester rearranged the letter blocks.
In Little Sisters of the Poor, Judge Gorsuch suggested that the opt-out allowed in the federal health care law “imposes a substantial burden on that person’s free exercise of religion.”
Reproductive healthcare for everyone, free birth control for women paid for by their employers, preservation of the Affordable Care Act – these are the things I care about – not whether Jane likes Judge Gorsuch.
The Judicial Crisis Network has invested over $1 million in the Republican Attorneys General Association, over $4 million in state judicial races (aren’t you glad Nebraska doesn’t elect judges), funded the ad campaign touting Jeff Sessions as a “civil rights champion”, and now is funding the $2 million campaign for Jane to tell us that Judge Gorsuch is a good guy.
Judge Gorsuch writes scary opinions (even if he is an Episcopalian), and we should be concerned about him becoming the next Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Don’t listen to Jane.
Tomorrow is Day 31 at the Nebraska Legislature. There are still no permanent rules. However, they have extended the temporary rules through Day 50. Stay tuned for more action/inaction.