It’s On! Mitch McConnell Sets Date for Amy Coney Barrett Hearings
Living up to his word, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled the Senate Judiciary Committee’s first hearing on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for Monday, October 12. At 9:00 a.m.
On that date, Republicans in the Senate will steamroll past all the media speculation about “not having the votes due to COVID,” all the Democratic resistance based in lies about abuses of power, and all the handwringing about this and that. The shouting is done, and the work is moving forward anyway. Sorry, libs.
“The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on the nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to begin Monday, Oct. 12 at 9:00 am & continue through Thursday, Oct. 15,” the committee announced.
The proceedings are not scheduled to last a long time. According to the calendar set by the committee, Barrett’s nomination will move to a vote and on to the Senate floor in just four short days. From there, the Democrats will do everything they can to delay and obstruct – as well as get their fifteen minutes in front of the cameras and collect plenty of footage for their campaign ads.
But it’s hard to imagine that there are any tricks they can pull that would be effective enough from keeping Barrett’s nomination from going to a full floor vote by the first of November, at which time she will almost certainly be confirmed along party lines.
The coronavirus – as it has been this entire year – has been an ally to Democrats hoping to delay Barrett’s confirmation until after the election. Several prominent Republicans, including President Trump of course, have contracted the virus, leaving the Senate’s schedule in doubt.
“The timeline of Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing was thrown into question Friday after two Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee tested positive for COVID-19: Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina,” USA Today reported Friday. “Both attended a Rose Garden ceremony announcing President Donald Trump’s choice of Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the high court. Several people in attendance, including the president, have since tested positive for COVID-19.”
Democrats are, of course, howling at McConnell’s decision to move forward, and they are accusing him of putting senators at risk of getting ill. But McConnell has committed to using a “hybrid model” of deliberation which will involve some senators appearing in person and others participating virtually. It’s not easy for Democrats to object to this argument, seeing as how it’s the format that Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives has used since this spring.
“Since May, the Judiciary Committee has operated flawlessly through a hybrid method that has seen some Senators appear physically at its hearings while other members have participated virtually,” McConnell said. “The Committee has utilized this format successfully for many months while protecting the health and safety of all involved. Certainly, all Republican members of the committee will participate in these important hearings.”
If you thought the Kavanaugh hearings were ugly, just wait. Oh boy, just wait.