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Left Can't Deal With the New Reality That Is the Supreme Court

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U.S. President Donald Trump and newly sworn-in U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett speak during a ceremonial swearing-in on the South Lawn of the White House - Oct. 26, 2020 - Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 28 October 2020 12:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Chief Justice John Roberts officially swore Amy Coney Barrett in as the 115th justice of the United States Supreme Court Tuesday morning at the Supreme Court building.

This came after a ceremonial swearing-in the night before at the White House Rose Garden president by Justice Clarence Thomas.

The Senate confirmed Barrett’s nomination Monday evening, largely along party lines. She didn’t receive a single Democratic vote, and Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, also voted against confirmation, making the vote 52-48.

Although she was nominated and confirmed in accordance with the Constitution and Senate precedence, one would have thought Senate Republicans bulldozed her confirmation through a hijacked the chamber.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Monday "one of the darkest days in the Senate's 231-year history."

Schumer also called Dec. 1, 2017 one of the Senate’s darkest days, and referred to January 20 of this year as one of the darker moments in Senate history, according to David Harsanyi, National Review Online senior writer.

Apparently the sun never shines on Chuck Schumer.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was dismayed that the Senate never interrogated Barrett over her religious convictions:

"Barrett will be ruling on an important gay rights case [Fulton v. City of Philadelphia]," Maddow said. "One of the things that did not quite come up in her confirmation process is that she was on the board of a school that won't let kids go there if their mom or dad is gay [and] won't hire gay teachers. How do you think she's going to rule on the gay rights case?"

However, Article VI of the Constitution provides that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

Notwithstanding this prohibition, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., expressed doubts over Barrett’s qualifications to serve on the 7th Judicial Court of Appeals at her 2017 confirmation hearing — because of her deeply-held religious beliefs.

She told Barrett that "the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern . . . "

Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research, was aghast at the manner in which Barrett was confirmed.

"The Republicans changed the rules and added their Supreme Court justices to secure the majority," he tweeted. "And so why can’t the Democrats can change the rules and add their Supreme Court justices to secure the majority?"

Although he was battered with questions asking him to cite the Senate rules Republicans allegedly changed, he never responded.

As The Spectator contributor and Patreon podcast host Stephen L. Miller observed, "Literally not a single rule was changed."

Kendi, who teaches at Boston University, also questioned the Barrett’s decision to adopt two children from Haiti, prompting Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, to refer to him as a "butthead professor" during Barrett’s confirmation hearings.

When The Hill.com reported on her ascension to the Supreme Court, its first paragraph found her offices of primary interest.

"Newly confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett will use the Supreme Court chambers formerly occupied by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a court spokesperson said Tuesday," it read. Did they expect her to work out of a broom closet?

Further down-story The Hill referred to Ginsburg as a "liberal stalwart" and called Barrett "a staunch conservative."

But that’s the way it’s always been.

Ginsburg replaced Byron White on the court.

Although White was nominated by President John F. Kennedy, White was generally a conservative justice, especially on criminal procedure and individual rights matters.

No one complained then.

Similarly, Elena Kagen, nominated by President Barack Obama, replaced John Paul Stevens, a Gerald Ford nominee. Obama also nominated Sonia Sotomayor, replacing David Souter, a George H.W. Bush nominee.

No one complained then.

Ginsburg was nominated by Bill Clinton, who also nominated Justice Stephen Breyer, considered the court’s current most liberal justice.

He replaced Harry Blackmun, a Richard Nixon nominee. No one complained then.

As Obama has said more than once, "elections have consequences."

Yet today’s complaints have become so petty that activist and author Amy Siskind actually protested the use of the initials "ACB" to describe Barrett.

"Please use 'Barrett' not ACB," Siskind implored. "She does not deserve the benefit of RBG’s legacy. She is the antithesis of all RBG stood for."

After Siskind received numerous responses in support, former Fox host Megan Kelly put her foot down.

"I will call her whatever I d**n well please, and ACB sounds perfect," she said.

If Barrett weren’t so imminently qualified, her detractors wouldn’t have to resort to these minor complaints and distractions.

It’s time to set the petty grousing aside and get back to work. We have a national election in less than a week, and COVID relief that needs addressing.

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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