Vice President Joe Biden has committed to appointing a black female to the Supreme Court when and if he has that opportunity as president.

The key to a Supreme Court appointment is the age in addition to qualifications of the nominee. The president who appoints the nominee wants someone who shares their appreciation for the Constitution and will be there for a long time. Why bother fighting a brutal confirmation battle in the Senate if the new Justice is only going to be there for a few sessions?

Biden has promised to select a female as his vice presidential running mate in 2020. He also promised to appoint a black female to the Supreme Court should he be elected by the Electoral College. He made these promises when he was close to beating Senator Bernie Sanders as the nominee of the Democrats.

I have written previously that Biden has a limited field of candidates for the Supreme Court when we meld his standards with the traditional standards for this lifetime appointment.

There are about a half a dozen Ivy League-educated black females on the federal bench who are young enough to make an impression as a member of our highest court.

Enter Stacey Abrams. She is a Yale Law graduate and she is young enough to serve for decades as a Supreme Court justice. She hasn't served as a federal judge, but she has been an elected official.

Will Joe Biden commit to nominating Stacey Abrams to the Supreme Court?

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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