On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began examining Judge Amy Coney Barrett's appointment to the Supreme Court. Barrett himself was eloquent and inspiring. The Democrats barely mentioned her, apparently already giving up the fight against her nomination and turning their fire on President Trump.
Democrats at the hearing seem to be mostly talking about something different from Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Speaks well about the judge's record and reputation.
– Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) October 12, 2020
Democrats do Republicans
Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said, “It's probably not about convincing each other unless something really dramatic happens. All Republicans will vote yes, all Democrats will vote no … In my opinion, the person who appears on this committee is in the "excellent" category that the country should be proud of. "
Democrats disagree: “We are now only 22 days from the election, Mr. Chairman. Votes are held in 40 states, ”said Senator Dianne Feinstein from California, the highest-ranking Democrat on the committee. "The Senate Republicans are pressing forward with full force to consolidate the court, which will advance their policies with a review of the will of the American people." Your opening words were responsible compared to later democratic chatter.
But then Barrett took the stage and made a homerun with her sincere and intelligent presentation: “Government policy decisions and value judgments must be made by the political branches that are elected and accountable to the people. The public should not expect courts to do this, and courts should not try. "
"I was nine years old when Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman to sit on this seat. She was a role model of grace and dignity throughout her tenure," she added. "When I was 21 and Ruth Bader Ginsburg was just starting my career in this seat, telling the committee, “What I've become can only happen in America.” I was nominated to fill the seat of Justice Ginsburg, but no one will ever be hers Take a seat. "
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She then referred to Justice Antonin Scalia, whom she served as a clerk.
“I felt I knew justice before I ever met him because I had read so many of his colorful, accessible opinions. More than the style of his writing, however, it was the content of Justice Scalia's argument that shaped me. His legal philosophy was straightforward: a judge must apply the law as it was written, not as the judge wishes. Sometimes this approach meant getting results he didn't like.
“Justice Scalia taught me more than just law. He was devoted to his family, determined in his faith, and not afraid of criticism. And when I started my own legal career, I decided to keep the same perspective … Courts have an important responsibility for enforcing the rule of law, which is vital to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or correct every injustice in our public life. "
During the Democratic Declarations, Diane Feinstein oddly mentioned a woman whose eyesight was deteriorating when Mr. Obama signed Obamacare in 2010:
“She was able to have cataract surgery within a few weeks. This saved her life. She described her reaction when, after the A.C.A. And let me quote: “It was like heaven. I was crying. & # 39; "
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She cried, but those who watched the hearing laughed with mocking laughter at such a sugar-sweet bad luck.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, said his constituents urge me to "say no to this candidate, largely because they see her as a torpedo of justice aimed at her essential protection." Oh no. Those who ask are his left-wing donors. Senator Amy Klobuchar and various others generally ignored Barrett and focused on Trump and the virus.
"The Democrats' remarks were marginal and had nothing to do with the endorsement of Judge Barrett or their legal philosophy. I don't know what that has to do with why we're here today," said Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska. "A lot of what we're doing here would be really confusing to eighth graders."
Though most eighth graders can likely find better edification and entertainment than a Senate hearing.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on October 12th, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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