Back in October 2017, the Republicans were pushing through there first batch of judicial appointments. One candidate for the 7th Circuit Court, the infamous Amy Coney Barrett, faced intense opposition from Democrats.
Up until that point in her career, she had been a professor at Notre Dame and an attorney for Washington DC law firm. As an attorney, she did research and wrote briefings in the Florida Recount case in 2000. She worked alongside Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts to help make Bush the winner in 2000.
Her opinions on crucial legal matters that shape our nation’s governance were well known in 2017. Also, her work on Bush v. Gore was also well known to Democrats in the Senate.
Yet, in spite of the public knowledge that this appointee was a member of a strange religious cult, a advocate of medieval attitudes towards women’s rights, an apologist for ruling class privilege, and a willing tool of the corrupt Republican mob, 3 Democratic Senators decided to vote for her.
- Kaine (D-VA)
- Donnelly (D-IN)
- Manchin (D-WV)
At the time, the Republicans had the votes to confirm her because of their narrow majority and the Vice Presidency. There was no reason for these Democratic Senators to desert. They gained nothing.
Also, they faced no consequences for their betrayal. They lived in a privileged world of no consequences. We should not tolerate such unreliable and useless people in our party.
Now we face the awful prospect of this twisted person on the Supreme Court.
If confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice, Barrett will be the third justice on the court to have worked for the Republicans on the Bush v. Gore case.
Trump is planning to find a way to win the election by creating chaos, by cheating, and by litigation. Trump stated flatly that he expects the outcome to be decided by the Supreme Court. He said. “I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it's very important we have nine justices.”
So, as we move forward into the darkness, let us remember that 3 of our Senators voted to put this awful human being on the path to the Supreme Court. We must demand better.