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There is no good legal argument against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. There is nothing unconstitutional or unprecedented about it.
Yet some Senate Democrats insist anyway that Barrett’s nomination is “illegitimate.” Those using this word have not yet explained what, exactly, is “illegitimate” about it. They just keep saying it in the hope that the public will accept it as truth.
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Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor, drew clear comparisons between her legal philosophy and Scalia's, saying "his judicial philosophy is mine too."Barrett paid homage to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who led the conservative wing of the high court before his death in 2016, describing him as her mentor.
Senate Majority Leaderof New York, for example, on Sunday said he will not meet with Barrett. “I believe, first, that the whole process has been illegitimate,” he said.
Sen.of Connecticut, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said likewise, “I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely one month before an election as Americans are already casting their votes."
He added, "I refuse to treat this process as legitimate and will not meet with Judge Barrett."
Funny enough, when challenged this weekend by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to explain what he means by “illegitimate,” aconceded, “It may not violate the Constitution.” Also, while we are on the topic, it was that the U.S. Senate has a “constitutional obligation” to fill “a Supreme Court vacancy,” so that must be out the window.
Bio highlights of Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's high court pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s a bio box on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Amy Coney Barrett, age 48 - A judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominated by President Donald Trump in 2017 and considered once before by Trump for a high court seat; her three-year judicial record shows a clear and consistent conservative bent. - A graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and Rhodes College who has taught law at Notre Dame, worked for a Washington law firm and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.- A devout Catholic mother of seven and Louisiana native born in 1972, she would be the youngest justice on the current court if confirmed.
Sen.of Rhode Island, who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, warned that Barrett’s confirmation would mean a loss of legitimacy, saying, “My Republican colleagues must remember that the legitimacy of the Senate and our judiciary are on the line.”
“I will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” said Sen.of New York. “This nomination process is illegitimate. I refuse to participate in the further degradation of our democracy and our judiciary.”
Sen.of Oregon called it an “illegitimate nomination,” adding that he has “no intention” of meeting with Barrett.
“This entire process is illegitimate,”for good measure.
Sen.of Massachusetts said, “The name of Trump's illegitimate Supreme Court nominee in many ways doesn’t matter. We know exactly what that person is being picked to do: complete a decades-long assault on our judiciary by billionaires and giant corporations to tilt the courts for the rich and powerful.”
Previewing acrimonious confirmation, Democrats coalesce around Amy Coney Barrett opposition
Democrats objected to both process and the views of Trump's Supreme Court pick, with one senator saying he won't meet with her.One Democratic senator — Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal, who is a member of the Judiciary Committee — said he would not meet with Barrett, as is customary for members of the committee, in protest of Trump’s decision to rush ahead with the nomination so close to an election.
Of the aforementioned senators, only Blumenthal has been called upon to explain his meaning. He did not exactly stick the landing.
Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the basics of U.S. civics knows that nothing that has transpired so far has been unlawful or illicit.:
The president has the authority to nominate, at any time during his presidency, a candidate to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. The U.S. Senate has the authority to give advice and consent on the nomination. Barrett is qualified for the job. There is nothing unconstitutional about this.
There is nothing unusual about. There is . No precedent is being broken; no norm is being slashed.
That sitting U.S. Senators, including members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are pretending there is something “illegitimate” about the Barrett nomination is as laughable as it is damnable.
Their feigned outrage is worse even than the people who say Barrett has disqualified herself by accepting the nomination “.” At least with the stupid “circumstances” talking point, they don't try to create the illusion there there is legal weight to their argument.
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Republicans push Barrett confirmation as Democrats criticize timing .
Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday. Overwhelmingly, Republicans called Amy Coney Barrett a well-qualified candidate and pushed for a confirmation in the upcoming weeks. Democrats continued to criticize the timing, with some outright saying they wouldn't meet with the nominee.