President Trump won’t announce his pick for a Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until Saturday. Yet the press and congressional Democrats are already subjecting at least one of the women on his short list to hit jobs.
Think of it as a preview of coming attractions of future Senate confirmation hearings.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one of the most anticipated and frequently-mentioned possibilities. She’s a former Notre Dame law professor who currently sits on the Seventh federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
What Democrats and the media find most objectionable is her faith.
Barrett is a devout practicing Roman Catholic and member of a group of charismatic Christians called People of Praise.
Barrett was introduced to how vicious Washington, D.C. politics can be when Senate Democrats attacked her faith during her 2017 confirmation hearings.
Ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., brusquely told her, "The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern."
If Barrett was taken aback, she didn’t let on. She responded, "If you're asking whether I take my Catholic faith seriously, I do, though I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge."
Barrett is also criticized for her devotion to family.
She and her husband are raising seven children — five of their own and two they adopted from Haiti. Because of her two devotions to faith and family, Newsweek ran a hit piece on her headlined, "How Amy Coney Barrett's People of Praise group inspired 'The Handmaid's Tale.'"
Hulu's "The Handmaid’s Tale" is a dark futuristic TV series about a subjugated woman forced to live as a courtesan under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
Newsweek was later called out on the comparison, and the publication quickly added a "correction" at the end, but kept its original headline up on Twitter.
That prompted National Republican Senatorial Committee senior advisor Matt Whitlock to observe, "Your correction refutes the ENTIRE article how have you not just retracted the entire thing?"
Referring to the Newsweek story, Daily Wire editor emeritus Ben Shapiro tweeted, "This piece is why, on a political level, Trump should nominate Coney Barrett. The mind-loss Democrats will assuredly manifest against a brilliant and charming Catholic mother of seven will be good for Republicans."
The truth, of course, is that Barrett should be applauded for balancing her faith and family with a demanding career — first in private practice at a Washington, D.C. law firm, later as a law professor, and finally as a federal appeals court judge.
After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, she clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Since her appointment to the federal Court of Appeals, she’s heard and decided a wide range of cases, including Title IX, Second and Fourth Amendment and immigration disputes.
Addressing an audience at Hillsdale College, Barrett described the job of a judge.
"A judge is obligated to apply the law as it is and not as she wishes it would be," Barrett said. "She is obliged to follow the law even when her personal preferences cut the other way."
However, there was some question whether the Senate Judiciary Committee would even take up Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — whether Barrett or one of the other four women on his short list. Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., didn’t disappoint.
He released a letter indicating that he’d had it with the two-tiered system for judicial confirmations — one for Democratic appointees and another for those by Republicans.
"After the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process," he wrote. "Compare the treatment of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh to that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, and it’s clear that there is already one set of rules for a Republican president and one set of rules for a Democrat president."
He concluded, "I therefore think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by President Trump to fill this vacancy."
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is another woman of faith and working mom.
She believed this made Barrett eminently qualified for the high court.
"President @realDonaldTrump hasn’t even made his pick yet and the liberal mob is already viciously attacking Judge Amy Coney Barrett for being a Christian and a working mom of seven kids,” Sanders tweeted. "American women should be paying close attention to what Democrats really think of us."
If only to drive Democrats crazy, Trump should nominate Barrett to the Supreme Court.
And when he does, he should introduce her as "a devout Catholic, just like my honorable opponent former Vice President Joe Biden, and my good friend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi."
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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