The big takeaway from the first day of confirmation hearings for Amy Comey Barrett? We now know the approach the Democrats will take.
They appear to have abandoned the Kavanaugh tactic of destroying someone via scandal and character assassination. At least – so far. That didn’t work out for them so well in the 2018 election.
Instead, they decided to attack the legitimacy of her nomination. They are hoping that people accept their twisting of facts to make appointing a justice the equivalent of court packing. They are hoping that the young or poorly educated think that this is what packing the court means rather than the attempt to add more and more justices to it until the liberal balance is attained. That’s why Harris-Biden won’t talk about it.
And the media’s all in on it. Hence this tweet:
Forget that right of the president from the Constitution to appoint judges and have them confirmed by the Senate. You know, the thing.
Secondly, the Democrats are using this hearing to scare Americans about health care. Since Judge Barrett previously argued that Chief Justice John Roberts erred when he accepted Obamacare as a tax, the Democrats are presenting the American people with a dire scenario. You will lose your health care, pre-existing conditions won’t be covered, poor people will be left to die; you know, the whole they want you dead argument.
For instance, Senator Leahy said “Vermonters” are “scared” that Judge Barrett’s nomination will mean that Vermonters will lose healthcare and that the government will become a modern-day version of the Gestapo. According to one viewer’s comments, “The narrative seems to be that the sinister Judge Barrett is plotting to join the Supreme Court so that she and a right-wing cabal of maniacs will strip Vermonters and other Americans of their rights. Meanwhile, Judge Barrett enjoys the privilege of sitting there all day listening to one speech after another by members of the Committee.”
At Powerline Paul Mirengoff refutes this. He says “that there is no indication that it (the Affordable Care Act) will be revisited. Nor need it be. The penalty associated with the individual mandate has been repealed. The question before the Supreme Court in the coming term isn’t the constitutionality of the mandate. Rather, it is whether, now that mandate has been invalidated, the entire Affordable Care Act must be dismantled. As noted, there is very little chance the Supreme Court will agree that it must be.”
In other words, this tactic is purely to scare Americans and give a lifeline to Joe Biden.
Kamala Harris, who’s on the Judiciary Committee, refused to attend in person. Instead, she was beamed in. It was all political and nothing but a statement on her politicizing that Trump is responsible for the coronavirus and to scare you, once again.
Tucker Carlson did a good encapsulation of the day:
ACB for her part made some important points in her opening statement.
In her opening statement she said, “Courts have a vital responsibility to the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in the public life.”
“I believe in the power of prayer.”
“I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written. And I believe I can serve my country by playing that role.”
“The policy decisions and value judgements of government must be made by the political branches elected by, and accountable to, the people.”
Shocking stances, I know.
The melodrama resumes today. Can the Dems withstand the urge to hyperventilate and act outrageously? I doubt it.