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Much to the angst of the Democratic Party, Judge Amy Coney Barrett appears to be sailing through her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Tuesday was just the second day of hearings and there’s a long road ahead, however, the judge and mother of seven who sits on the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been impressive.
So much so that at one point, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, asked Barrett to hold up what appeared to be notes before her and the judge held up a blank pad.
When asked if there was anything written on the pad, Barrett replied, “The letterhead that says United States Senate.”
Sen. Cornyn just asked Amy Coney Barrett to hold up her notes she brought with her.
She held up a blank piece of paper. She isn’t taking notes. She’s that smart. pic.twitter.com/CmoFgMmTvt
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 13, 2020
Quite an impressive feat, given that she fully understands that she’s in a room full of Democratic senators who are hostile to her being appointed to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Yet, other than her extraordinary intellect, Barrett is armed with just a plank pad.
#AmyComeyBarrett when asked what she is using to help her answer questions presented to her, she held up a blank notepad that said ‘United States Senate’ pic.twitter.com/iSFMslHntt
— PolitiSite – Political Site (@Politisite) October 13, 2020
Former White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway put things into perspective when she noted that the “vitriolic” Democratic senators “can hardly look up from notes someone else has written during their insulting tirades.”
No notes, no net.
Contrast this to the most vitriolic Senators, who can hardly look up from notes someone else has written during their insulting tirades. https://t.co/1j2SB7qn1P
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 13, 2020
The aforementioned “someone” being a team of high priced lawyers tucked away in a back room somewhere.
Equally impressive was her response to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
“How does it feel to be nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States,” the lawmaker asked.
“Well Senator, I’ve tried to be on a media blackout for the sake of my mental health,” she replied. “But, you know, you can’t keep yourself walled off from everything. And I’m aware of a lot of the caricatures that are floating around.”
Lindsey Graham just asked ACB how it feels to be nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Her answer was incredible and I hope everyone takes a minute to watch and listen. pic.twitter.com/gpckQNobWG
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 13, 2020
“So I think what I’d like to say in response to that question is that — look, I’ve made distinct choices,” Barrett continued. “I’ve decided to pursue a career and have a large family. I have a multiracial family. Our faith is important to us. All of those things are true, but they are my choices and in my personal interactions with people, I mean, I have a life brimming with people who’ve made different choices. And I’ve never tried in my personal life to impose my choices on them. And the same is true professionally. I apply the law.”
She acknowledged the toll such a nomination has on a family, saying she agreed to go through the “excruciating process” because there is a benefit to doing so.
“I don’t think it’s any secret to any of you or to the American people that this is a really difficult, some might say excruciating, process and Jesse and I had a very brief amount of time to make a decision with momentous consequences for our family,” Barrett said, referencing her husband.
“We knew that our lives would be combed over for any negative detail, we knew that our faith would be caricatured, we knew that our family would be attacked,” she said. “So we had to decide whether those difficulties would be worth it because what sane person would go through that if there wasn’t a benefit on the other side.”
The benefit, seemingly, is being able to help ensure equal justice to all.
“And the benefit I think is that I’m committed to the rule of law and the role of the Supreme Court in dispensing equal justice for all,” Barrett explained. “And I’m not the only person who could do this job, but I was asked and it would be difficult for anyone, so why should I say someone else should do the difficulty if the difficulty is the only reason to say no? I should serve my country and my family’s all in on that because they share my belief and the rule of law.”
Here’s a sampling of reactions from Twitter showing that Barrett has impressed a lot of folks:
Clearly has superior judgment. https://t.co/L4JabGzIFD
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) October 13, 2020
It's incredibly obvious Amy Coney Barrett is the smartest person in the hearing room.
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) October 13, 2020
Joe Biden needs a teleprompter just to introduce his wife at a campaign event.
Amy Coney Barrett handles 10 hour hearings with no notes in front of her.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 13, 2020
so classy, so competent, and just playing chess when the dem fool senators play checkers.
— Glenn Stern (@GlennSternDDS) October 13, 2020
She’s. A. Superstar!
— M.L.Brown (@brown8192) October 13, 2020
She’s a badass. Any working parent, successfully married with 7 loved and well adjusted children is a bad ass. Period.
— Heather Goodwin (@illdoyournails) October 13, 2020
She is a brilliant mind, and that was an awesome moment.
— TJ (@te6192) October 13, 2020
And her children are watching. What an amazing role model. #ACBHearings
— Marili Cancio – Text VAMOS to 88022 (@MariliCancio) October 13, 2020
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