Day 1: Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

Last updated October, 12th at 2:40 PM est
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  • Matt Vespa | Oct 12, 2020 2:40 PM est

Day one is over. It was a marathon day of opening remarks from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. And the usual crap from Democrats was spewed into the air. They whined about COVID, Obamacare, how this process is unprecedented, how this process is not right, and how ACB is going to pretty much kill people depending on how she rules on Obamacare. The ACA case is back before the Court on November 10. Graham asked that the hearings not devolve into the circus that was the Kavanaugh hearings. It won’t get that bad, but it got pretty obnoxious. 

Da Nang Dick didn’t like ACB’s views on the Second Amendment. Dick Durbin was his typical idiotic self. Cory Booker has yet to figure out that these proceedings aren’t auditions for daytime television roles. 

Sen. Blackburn slammed Democrats for their attacks on conservative women who are probably more accomplished than those out there in the streets wearing pink hats.  Sen. Sasse offered some remarks on how this nomination could be a nice civics lesson as well. And Ted Cruz scorched Democrats for their antics during these proceedings.

The Q&A portion starts tomorrow. It’ll be a marathon day. We’ll be here. 

Also, Confirm Barrett! 

  • Matt Vespa | Oct 12, 2020 2:22 PM est

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  • Ellie Bufkin | Oct 12, 2020 2:15 PM est

Alright, recess until tomorrow! That was an intense 5 hours but we certainly know where the Democrats stand heading into the rest of the confirmation hearing days this week. 

  • Katie Pavlich | Oct 12, 2020 2:12 PM est

Some have argued Graham should have skipped these hearings. And that may end up being true. But it is crucial for Americans watching to hear Judge Barrett in her own words, advocating for herself without a media filter and to hear from those who can attest to her qualifications and personal character.

  • Katie Pavlich | Oct 12, 2020 2:11 PM est

What a woman. 

"Justice Scalia taught me more than just law. He was devoted to his family, resolute in his beliefs, and fearless of criticism. And as I embarked on my own legal career, I resolved to maintain that same perspective. There is a tendency in our profession to treat the practice of law as all-consuming, while losing sight of everything else. But that makes for a shallow and unfulfilling life. I worked hard as a lawyer and a professor; I owed that to my clients, my students, and myself. But I never let the law define my identity or crowd out the rest of my life." 

  • Cortney O'Brien | Oct 12, 2020 2:10 PM est

Professor O'Hara, Notre Dame professor emerita of law, says that watching ACB "develop" is a bit misleading because Barrett "sprung full grown into the legal academy."

  • Cortney O'Brien | Oct 12, 2020 2:03 PM est

ACB previews how she'd serve on the Supreme Court:

"When I write an opinion resolving a case, I read every word from the perspective of the losing party. I ask myself how I would view the decision if one of my children were the party I was ruling against; Even though I would not like the result, would I understand that the decision was fairly reasoned and grounded in the law? That is the standard that I set for myself in every case, and it is the standard I will follow as long as I am a judge on any court."

  • Julio Rosas | Oct 12, 2020 2:03 PM est

ACB:  But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in the public life. The policy decisions and the value judgments of government must be made by the political branches. Elected by and accountable to the people. 

  • Ellie Bufkin | Oct 12, 2020 2:02 PM est

So true: "Each case is the most important one for the litigants involved"

  • Cortney O'Brien | Oct 12, 2020 2:00 PM est

Judge Barrett recalls clerking for Justice Scalia: "His judicial philosophy was straightforward. A judge must apply the law as it was written, not as she wishes it were."

  • Ellie Bufkin | Oct 12, 2020 1:58 PM est

Not gonna lie, listening to Barrett describe her family with so much love is hitting me right in the feels after all that blustering, grandstanding, and gaslighting by Democrats

  • Cortney O'Brien | Oct 12, 2020 1:58 PM est

Judge Barrett speaks warmly about her two adopted children. Her critics have outrageously questioned the circumstances surrounding those adoptions.

  • Cortney O'Brien | Oct 12, 2020 1:56 PM est

Since Professor O'Hara wasn't able to get connected via satellite, Chairman Graham skipped right to Judge Barrett's opening statement.

  • Cortney O'Brien | Oct 12, 2020 1:55 PM est
READ: Amy Coney Barrett's Opening Statement
  • Cortney O'Brien | Oct 12, 2020 1:54 PM est

ACB speaks!

  • Ellie Bufkin | Oct 12, 2020 1:54 PM est

Finally, time to hear from ACB!!!

  • Ellie Bufkin | Oct 12, 2020 1:53 PM est

Why would we ever need to hold meetings in person again? this is going so well hahaha