Democrats Childish Stunt Could Ensure Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation
A new report indicates that Democrat senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee plan to take a page from the preschoolers’ playbook and just not attend a vote that they don’t expect to go their way.
Republicans, who hold the majority in the committee as well as the general Senate body, have had overwhelmingly glowing responses to presidential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and it’s expected that she will pass through committee with flying colors. To that end, Democrats, who seem to struggle with adult problem-solving skills of late, have announced that they just won’t attend the committee vote that they don’t believe they’ll win.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and the committee Democrats said in their joint statement that the entire confirmation process for Barrett was a “sham” and said that Republicans broke “the promises and rules” established by refusing to give Merrick Garland in 2016.
“Fearing a loss at the ballot box, Republicans are showing that they do not care about the rules or what the American people want, but are concerned only with raw political power,” they said.
“We will not grant this process any further legitimacy by participating in a committee markup of this nomination just twelve days before the culmination of an election that is already underway,” they added.
Instead of attending the vote that Americans sent them to Washington to attend, they will be holding two press conferences on Thursday to grandstand about their displeasure with Senate Republicans. While their intention might be to work around the Senate rules, the 12 member threshold will be met if every GOP member is present for the vote. However, there also have to be at least two members of the minority party present in order for the group to do business.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told reporters on Wednesday that the vote will be held at 1 p.m. whether the Democratic senators show up or not.
Graham said in his statement that Barrett “deserves a vote and she will receive a vote.”
“As to my Democratic colleagues’ refusal to attend the markup, that is a choice they are making. I believe it does a disservice to Judge Barrett who deserves a vote, up or down,” Graham added.
The Democrat party, however, has had no lack of disdain for Barrett, a candidate that has received some of the highest ratings and endorsements of any Supreme Court nominee in recent history. However, her confirmation to the court would solidify a consistent right-leaning majority that would ruin Democrats’ ongoing plan to legislate from the judicial bench in the future.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein came under fire for so much as thanking Graham for how he ran the hearing, progressives are in such a tizzy over Barrett’s nomination.
However, some more moderate Democrats haven’t had the heart to stand up to the professor-turned judge and mother of seven who was nominated to replace another highly endorsed woman on the nation’s high court.
“Support for Barrett has risen eighteen points among *Democrats,* a clear sign that the hearings were a failure and a net gain for Barrett, McConnell, and Republicans. Democrats signaled business as usual and lent legitimacy to an illegitimate process,” Adam Jentleson, a staffer for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), tweeted Wednesday.
Republicans have been persistent in pushing Barrett’s nomination through, with some reports saying that they could hold a weekend session in order for the entire Senate body to vote on the nomination on Monday.
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell has committed to making sure that Barrett’s nomination is ready on Friday so that it can pass the potential 30 additional hours of debate so that it could be voted on Monday.