Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Told the Public What NOT Expect of the Court in Opening Statements Monday
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett opened her comments on the record before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Oct. 12 where she reminded listeners of her history and connection to the late Justice Antonin Scalia whom she clerked for and who was a close friend of the justice that Barrett could replace, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“His judicial philosophy was straightforward, Barrett said of Scalia. “A judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were. Sometimes that approach meant reaching results that he did not like.
“But as he put it in one of his best-known opinions, that is what it means to say we have a government of laws, not of men.”
“Court watchers embrace the possibility of overruling, even if they may want it to be the exception rather than the rule.”
With her husband and six of their seven children behind her in a hearing room Barrett went on to talk further about her legal philosophy which would govern decision making, should she be confirmed as the ninth judge of the highest court in the land.
Barrett who has been making smart choices since being named as a short-lister for this position continued that theme in choice of wardrobe. The mother of seven wore a dress that was a shade of purple that could be easily described as primarily red with just a hint of blue.
“Courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life,” said Barrett, who at 48-years-old is currently a federal appeals court judge. The judge also made the move to take off her protective mask during her prepared remarks, though she wore it most of the day during the hearing.
Americans “deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written,” Barrett said.
Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, who called herself “a fellow mom, a fellow Midwesterner” came to Barnett’s defense, saying some of her fellow senators were “attacking your faith and your precious family … attacking you as a mom and a woman of faith,” according to National Public Radio. Ernst referred to a “series of tactics to undermine, coerce, and confuse the American people” by Democrats with a reprimanding tone.
Ernst went on to say that Democrats are attempting to paint Barrett as a “religious radical, a so-called handmaid that feeds into all of the ridiculous stereotypes they have set out to lambast people of faith in America and that’s wrong,” according to ABC 6 News.
However, a Democratic senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono used her time to go to war over an individual issue she believes Barrett won’t be friendly to, and that’s healthcare for all. Hirono didn’t attack Barrett on merit, just that her confirmation to the court would put into jeopardy The Affordable Care Act. Her supposition is due partially to President Donald Trump’s clear cut position that it’s a toxic socialist system that will break the back of both the medical and economic systems in this country.
“No one should have to worry about whether they can afford the care that might save their life,” Hirono said. “Their lives and their health are what’s at stake. Their lives are what’s at stake with this nomination.”
However, Tennessee’s Sen. Marsha Blackburn, the only other Republican woman on the committee went after Democrats on the opposite side of the table saying “their rhetoric is unsettling” and that “you would think they would jump” at the chance to support a working mother with an astonishing record such as Barrett’s.
Ernst also commented on Barrett’s illustrious career: “This, folks, is what a mom can do.”