The Democrats have been flailing away for three days now, and they haven’t laid a glove on Amy Coney Barrett.
This was not the way that their hi-tech gauntlet was supposed to work.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and company knew going in that they didn’t have the votes to stop Judge Barrett. But they were determined to at least subject her to the same kind of ritual humiliation that every other conservative candidate for the Supreme Court has had to endure since the days of Robert Bork over 30 years ago.
They peppered Judge Barrett with questions on sex, babies, guns, health care, climate change—on anything, really. They tried to bait her into offering an opinion on precedents and hypotheticals. Clearly, they hoped that she would stumble into one of their traps or lose her composure. This would create an opening for them to criticize her “deeply held beliefs” or complain about her “lack of judicial temperament.”
They should have known better. Judge Barrett is one of the most qualified judges ever to come before the court. As President Donald Trump himself said, “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.”
Academic faculties are normally riven by petty feuds; to get unanimity on anything—or anyone—is nothing short of miraculous.
Embarrassing ThemselvesIs anyone surprised that Judge Barrett has run the hi-tech gauntlet set up by the Democrats with poise and grace? I’m not.
But while they haven’t laid a glove on her, they’ve certainly managed to embarrass themselves. Rather badly, I would say.
But is this really any less wacko than the half-dozen Democratic senators who came to the hearing with billboards depicting people with preexisting conditions, and then took turns making statements implying that all those depicted were going to die if Judge Barrett became Justice Barrett.
Now, the only thing the Supreme Court has to do with Obamacare is to decide whether or not it’s constitutional, as they all surely know. But the point of their little choreographed psychodrama lay elsewhere: They wanted to use the opportunity provided by the hearing to scare people into thinking they were about to lose their health care.
As for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), she hijacked the hearing in another way. She used it to advance her candidacy for vice president of the United States by giving a campaign speech. And rather than attending the hearing itself, she stayed in her office down the hall and used a teleprompter.
Stark ContrastAs far as Judge Barrett is concerned, she has sat through three marathon grilling sessions with aplomb, answering even the most off-the-wall questions with good humor. Mothers of large families are, after all, used to dealing with children throwing tantrums.
The Democrats haven’t landed a single blow, and they know it.
If the Democrats thought they were going to ritually humiliate Judge Barrett by turning the hearings into an extended perp walk—the way they did to Justice Kavanaugh—they must know by now that they've failed.
The only walk of shame this time around will occur when those who oppose Barrett have to walk to the floor of the U.S. Senate knowing full well her confirmation is a forgone conclusion.