Supreme Court

Hamlet of the far north will vote to confirm Judge Barrett

Featured image Lisa Murkowski has announced that she will vote in favor of confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. It now appears that Susan Collins will be the only Republican Senator not to support Barrett’s confirmation. Initially, Murkowski was opposed to confirming Barrett. Her gripe, she said, was with the process. That is, she opposed confirming a Supreme Court Justice, no matter how well qualified, in a presidential election year »

Republicans looking to confirm Judge Barrett on or around Oct. 26

Featured image The Hill reports that Senate Republicans are eyeing a final vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, October 26 — less than a week from today. That timeline isn’t locked down, but Republicans are planning a rare weekend session that would set up a final vote early next week. My initial take was that Barrett probably wouldn’t be confirmed before the election (and probably »

One Bright Spot [with comment by Paul]

Featured image In the two posts immediately preceding this one, Paul critiques in detail the performance of Democratic senators in today’s hearing. He shows how they abused the Supreme Court confirmation process and embarrassed themselves, if embarrassment were still possible. Paul made the sacrifice of watching the hearing; I didn’t. But I did see one short clip from the hearing, in which Senator John Cornyn gave Judge Barrett an opportunity to show »

Is a packed Supreme Court in our near future?

Featured image The Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett begin on Monday. It’s likely, though not certain, that Barrett will be confirmed. If she is, conservatives will hold either a 6-3 or a 5-3 majority on the Supreme Court, depending on how one categorizes Chief Justice Roberts and how he votes going forward. If the Democrats win the White House and the Senate, Joe Biden and »

Court Packing? We’ll Find Out After the Election

Featured image Joe Biden has once again refused to say whether he intends to pack the Supreme Court, telling us that we will find out “when the election is over.” Why? Because he doesn’t want to make headlines. And, of course, if he admits that he intends to pack the court, it will indeed be a news story: Joe Biden AGAIN refuses to say whether he supports packing the Supreme Court. "You'll »

How Desperate Are the Democrats…

Featured image …to smear Judge Barrett? This desperate: The Committee's questionnaire requires disclosure of material that a candidate has "written or edited." Judge Barrett neither wrote nor edited the ad in question. This reporter's (and Dem aides') suggestion that ACB did something improper on her questionnaire is false. — Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) October 1, 2020 NBC has pretty much declared itself a Democratic Party shill service. Here, NBC News pushes out »

Tempering expectations about a Justice Barrett

Featured image Michael McConnell, the distinguished conservative Stanford law professor and former judge, urges folks to calm down about Amy Coney Barrett. His column appears in the Washington Post, and thus, I assume, the folks he mainly wants to reassure are D.C. area liberals. I don’t know whether McConnell will succeed in calming liberals down, but for some conservatives his column will feel like a cold shower. McConnell focuses on a Justice »

The Handwringing Tale

Featured image As mentioned here over the weekend, one reason among many that President Trump chose to appoint Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is that she’s already survived a Democratic attack, and one that was especially ugly in its overt anti-Catholic bigotry. Democrats with sense understand that a reprise of that attack will be a disaster for them. Over the weekend you could see various Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi and »

What Kendi can do

Featured image Steve Hayward gave us an unpleasant taste of Ibram X. Kendi, now spewing hate from a prestigious perch at Boston University, in his post “This week in racial retribution.” Kendi has joined those discrediting Judge Barrett for her adoption of two Haitian kids (Vivian and John Peter). Surely this cannot stand! #New Judge Amy Coney Barrett and family at The White House. — The TRUMP PAGE 🇺🇸 (@MichaelDeLauzon) September »

Democrats plan to delay, delay, delay

Featured image Democrats reportedly are circulating a memo on how to delay a vote on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett until after the election. The thinking is that if President Trump loses and Republicans lose their Senate majority in the next Congress, the chances of thwarting confirmation in the lame duck session will be substantial, or at least improved substantially. I don’t know if that thinking is correct, but it’s sensible »

Let the Games Begin

Featured image This afternoon President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Amy Barrett to the Supreme Court in a White House ceremony. Barrett spoke briefly and non-controversially. The confirmation battle is already underway; it has been since it became clear a few days ago that Barrett would be the nominee. The Democrats can’t dispute Barrett’s qualifications, which are conceded by the liberal American Bar Association. Nor will they be able to attack »

Karma Catches Up to Joe Biden

Featured image I’m starting to wonder whether I should believe in karma for real. There is something fitting about the fact that the Barrett nomination comes at the very moment that the person most responsible for blowing up judicial politics more than 30 years ago is the Democratic nominee for president—Joe Biden. There’s no way he can dodge questions at the first presidential debate next week about Barrett, and I hope Chris »

Report: It will be Judge Barrett

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump has decided to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. According to the Journal, Trump has so informed “congressional Republicans and others.” So far, Trump has only confirmed that he has made up his mind on a pick. The announcement will be made tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. I suppose the president’s thinking could change between now and than, but it »

Thank Dems for the Barrett Nomination

Featured image Among the reasons President Trump has reportedly decided to appoint Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is that the Democrats already attempted to “Bork” her, but failed, and disgraced themselves in the process while elevating her public profile. Think I exaggerate? Check out this Tweet from Center for American Progress far-leftist Ian Millhiser: You can expect a lot of news reports over the next few days to re-run Sen. »

Ginsburg’s alleged “blind spot”

Featured image On Wednesday, an army of Justice Ginsburg’s former law clerks, all dressed in black, honored their mentor by lining up as “honorary pallbearers” on the front steps of the Supreme Court when her casket arrived. It was an impressive display. However, Christian Mitchell, Illinois’ Deputy Governor, noticed a “jarring lack of ppl of color” among the former Ginsburg clerks. This wasn’t because African-American former Ginsburg clerks declined to serve as »

Schumer spoils bipartisan effort to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Featured image Is there anything Chuck Schumer wouldn’t try to politicize? If so, it’s not a simple, bipartisan tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Schumer has tried to smuggle his position on filling Ginsburg’s spot on the Supreme Court into the tribute to Ginsburg proposed by Republicans. Schumer’s position might also have been Ginsburg’s. Her granddaughter claims that the late Justice expressed a “fervent wish” that the Supreme Court vacancy not be filled »

Amy Coney Barrett, superstar

Featured image Ed Whelan points out that in 2017, every Supreme Court law clerk who served the same term (October Term 1998) that Amy Coney Barrett clerked for Justice Scalia signed a letter supporting her nomination to the Seventh Circuit. The signatories hailed Barrett as a “woman of remarkable intellect and character,” as someone who “conducted herself with professionalism, grace, and integrity” and “was able to work collaboratively with her colleagues (even »