October 16, 2020
ACB Hearings Highlight the Left’s Desperation
Texas Senator Ted Cruz confirmed yesterday afternoon, “It looks as if we are moving towards confirming Judge Barrett,” for the replacement of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
This week’s hearings were pure political theater that involved outré flip charts, outlandish conspiratorial poster boards, and senators calling in by Zoom from the same building where the actual hearing was taking place. But we did learn three things…
- Judge Amy Coney Barrett is eminently qualified to serve on the highest court of the land,
- The Democrat Party is desperate to stop her because we are just over two weeks away from the election, and
- There are no tools Democrat Senators will not deploy to stop her.
The judge’s qualifications are patently obvious, both judicially and in terms of academic track record. Her work on the bench and at Notre Dame has led to her being one of the most cited judges of her generation, especially when compared with certain prior appointees, like Obama’s nominee Elena Kagan – who had never served at any level as a judge anywhere prior to her being named to the highest court in the Republic.
The desperation of the minority party in the Senate is transparent for all Americans to see… From vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ total misrepresentation of President Abraham Lincoln’s decision regarding his SCOTUS nominee, Salmon P. Chase – a declaration that one professor publicly described as “historically illiterate.”
For the record, Honest Abe waited two months not because it was an election year but because the Senate was out of session. (And by the way, Chase was nominated and confirmed on the very same day that Congress returned!)
But that debacle during the televised debate with Vice President Mike Pence was just the warm-up…
The real political desperation of the Left was evident this week during the actual hearings, starring Senator Mazie Hirono and Senator Cory Booker.
And while we weren’t subjected to the same outrageous ploy that was used against Judge Brett Kavanaugh – when the squeaky-clean nominee was accused of being involved in serial rape and drug-induced assaults while in college – but the political assault this time was no less vicious.
Judge Barrett has seven children, including a son with Down syndrome, and all were seated behind her during the hearing. But that didn’t stop Senator Hirono from asking Judge Barrett if she has ever sexually assaulted anyone. No Solo cups this time… But they still could not resist.
Now, you may have expected Senator Booker to restrain himself during this hearing, especially after the ridicule he endured during the Kavanaugh ordeal for his grandiose “I am Spartacus!” moment… But he went one better (or worse).
Just like Hirono, Booker asked that Judge Barrett answer irrelevant questions solely to secure TV clips to use in campaign ads. This time it wasn’t denouncing and denying rape, it was a demand that Judge Barrett denounce white supremacy.
Was the senator maybe expecting a circuit court judge who has taught at both Notre Dame and George Washington University to say “No, I do not denounce white supremacy”? Why would anyone ask that question if there has never been an iota of evidence of racial bias in this woman’s record?
The rub is not in the absurdity of the question, but in the arrogance and moral turpitude of the context in which it was asked…
Judge Barrett’s family was with her in the hearing, just feet from Booker. And her family includes a young Black son and daughter that Amy and her husband adopted from the benighted nation of Haiti. The fact that Booker and the Democrats had the gall and audacity to even raise the issue of white supremacy with a woman who has done so much to make a positive difference is all the proof you need…
The next two weeks will be the most divisive and unstable in America’s modern political history.
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Contributing Editor, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
October 16, 2020