Disgruntled Democrats were quick to declare the confirmation of Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett to be commensurate with the end of civilization as we know it, with threats of payback echoing across the political landscape.
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez issued a press release stating, “Instead of sending help to communities across America reeling from a deadly pandemic, Republicans are high-fiving each other for ramming through a Supreme Court nominee eight days before a presidential election when over 50 million Americans have already voted. They are celebrating while COVID-19 continues to spread within our borders, sickening and taking American lives. The Affordable Care Act now hangs in the balance while millions of Americans brace for its possible demise and the loss of their health coverage; for them it’s personal and a matter of life or death.”
Monday night after Barrett’s confirmation, Menendez went full drama., declaring, “Tomorrow, Americans will wake up to a 6-3 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court that is built on Republican lies, deceit, hypocrisy and a craven power grab by Senate Republicans. This will be the most extreme and nakedly partisan court in modern history, and it poses an unprecedented threat to the rights of women, workers, voters, consumers and LGBTQ Americans.”
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According to MyNorthwest.com, reaction from three Washington State Democrats wasn’t any more congenial.
Sen. Patty Murray went on Twitter to state, “Senate Republicans knew full well that by jamming through this Supreme Court nomination, they were putting your health care, reproductive rights, & so much more on the line—but they did it anyway. The people of this country won’t forget. And neither will Democrats.”
Senate Republicans knew full well that by jamming through this Supreme Court nomination, they were putting your health care, reproductive rights, & so much more on the line—but they did it anyway.
The people of this country won't forget. And neither will Democrats.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) October 27, 2020
Her equally liberal colleague, Sen. Maria Cantwell was quoted by MyNorthwest.com stating, “Someone wants to chip away at the rights of American women to have access to health care — my state is going to take it personally,” pointing out that “a majority of Americans support a woman’s right to choose.”
Evergreen State Second Amendment activists will quickly note this right of choice stops at the exercise of Second Amendment rights. Murray and Cantwell, they say, have long histories of voting against the gun rights of their constituents.
Then comes far left Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who had her own statement.
“The injustice this country witnessed over the last 30 days will be remembered in history as exactly what it was: a disgraceful Republican power grab to use an illegitimate, rushed, hypocritical process to confirm a nominee whose dangerous views have not been thoroughly or fairly vetted to the highest court in our land just days before a Presidential election in which more than 60 million Americans have already voted,” Jayapal asserted.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that a nominee for a lifetime appointment who has such troubling positions on life-and-death issues would be rushed through, especially after Republicans outright refused to allow even a vote for Merrick Garland when he was nominated more than seven months before an election,” she added, according to the MyNorthwest story.
Anti-gun Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told the Senate, “The fact is that our Republican colleagues are shattering the norms and breaking the rules and breaking their word, and there will be consequences. There inevitably are consequences when one person breaks his or her word to another.”
New York’s perennial gun prohibitionist, Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer was equally threatening, stating “The Republican majority is lighting its credibility on fire … The next time the American people give Democrats a majority in this chamber, you will have forfeited the right to tell us how to run that majority.”
Schumer referred to the date, oct. 26, 2020, as a “dark day” in America’s history.
A new Rasmussen survey had some better news for Democrats, however. Polling shows President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, and other surveys indicate Trump’s chances of re-election are shrinking.
However, the caveat to all of this is it might be a replay of late October 2016, when the world expected Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the White House. Had she, it’s a safe bet the federal courts would look far different than they do today, and the Supreme Court would be tilted so far left it would be in danger of tipping over.
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