Senate confirms Barrett to the Supreme Court, sealing a conservative majority for decades

Source: Politico | October 26, 2020 | Andrew Desiderio

Her confirmation caps off Trump’s and McConnell’s reshaping of the federal judiciary.

The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, handing President Donald Trump a sorely needed win just eight days before the election and solidifying a conservative majority on the high court for a generation.

Monday’s vote capped a 30-day sprint that has driven the Senate even deeper into the bitter partisanship that has defined the institution over the last two decades, prompting vague threats of retribution if Democrats take control of the chamber after the Nov. 3 election.

Trump nominated Barrett exactly one month ago, and Republicans quickly coalesced around Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s push to confirm the 48-year-old federal judge to the high court, largely steamrolling Democrats’ demands to delay her confirmation until after the election — resulting in the first Supreme Court confirmation with only one-party support since the 19th century.

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After an overnight session that lasted more than 30 hours, the Senate confirmed Barrett by a vote of 52 to 48, with only Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) siding with all Democrats to oppose her. With her confirmation, Trump has now appointed a third of the court’s nine justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Barrett.

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    Liberals, of course, are livid and the poor gal hasn’t even started her job yet. Every time Justice Barrett sneezes, it will be a major controversy.

    My only and immediate concern will be which side she will be on when Trump’s numerous, frivolous lawsuits over the election reach SCOTUS. Will she feel gratitude to Trump for her appointment and allow that gratitude to color her judgment on these suits, or will she do he right thing and consider these suits on their merits (which they won’t have)?

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