The Democrats tried every trick in the playbook, well, almost, to throw Judge Amy Coney Barrett for a loop during the question phase of her confirmation hearing yesterday. Unfortunately for them, it didn’t work. Coney Barrett was cool, calm, collected, professional, and reassured Democrats on the Hill, as well as the American public that she would be a voice of reason and justice on the high court.
Sitting through some of the most inane question in US history, Coney Barrett listened intently, relying only on her memory to thwart the “gotcha” questions that some of the lesser intelligent Senators on the panel tried to throw at her. Some of the really brain-dead legislators, like Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island spoke for his 30 minutes, and never asked a question. Instead, Whitehouse used his valuable time to engage in some monolithic monologue designed to show the American public (and maybe Coney Barrett?) that he was on top of things! Alas, his efforts were in vain.
Throughout the day, Democrats tried to use “real examples” of how “real people” would be hurt if their healthcare insurance through Obamacare were taken away. Others lectured the next Supreme Court Justice on the dangers of overturning Roe v. Wade and sending the right to have an abortion back to the states to decide.
Through it all, Coney Barrett showed the Senators that she was indeed smarter than they were. On healthcare, she stated that she would listen to the cases brought before the court, and decide on the legal merits of the case. On abortion, she mentioned that Roe v. Wade was not a “super-precedent” and that yes, it could be over-turned, but it was interesting to note that she was much less forth coming about abortion than her predecessor on the court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Speaking of RBG, ACB took a chapter out of her confirmation hearing playbook, answering several times that if she spoke about a potential case that could come before the Supreme Court, she would be entering into a conflict of interest scenario and would have to recuse herself from hearing the case, because it would show bias. That was exactly what Ruth Bader Ginsburg (and every judicial nominee since) has said about giving Senators their feelings on certain issues.
Frankly, how anyone can sit through hours of listening to blather from both sides of the aisle that Amy Coney Barrett had to endure over the first two days of her confirmation hearing is beyond me. That in my mind, is the greatest test a nominee has to pass…can they actually sit and listen to people who make no sense, have an incredibly large political agenda, and know very little about the laws they actually compose, and do it with grace and poise. She will be an historic and exemplary Justice!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!