Is anyone following this circus?
I'm really interested to see who Trump nominates. I've started reading some of the decisions written by the 'short list' contenders. I'd really like to see another originalist on the court.
If I was religious, I'd be praying for Justice Thomas' health every single day. It's my fondest wish that he's eating a lot of vegetables and doing a reasonable amount of cardio. People talk about Scalia a lot, but in my reading, it's Thomas who has been the best contributor to the court's jurisprudence in my lifetime.
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human liberty. It is the argument of tyrants; the creed of slaves."-William Pitt the Younger
Thomas is a God send. A judicial genius.
"Spes Mea in Deo Est"--My hope is in GOD
The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.--Aristotle
It's interesting to see the amount of Catholic bashing going on in the media (and the US Senate) right now. I thought that had ended in the 60s, with Kennedy. I'm trying to imagine the outrage if she was Jewish or Muslim.
I honestly think that some of the written questions asked of Barret by the Senate judiciary committee during her 7th circuit confirmation hearings violate Article 6.
You can find the questions on the Senate Judiciary website and they are fascinating (and honestly quite disturbing) to read. (example: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Barrett%20Responses%20to%20Feinstein%20QFRs.pdf)
Senator Harris' questions in some other confirmation hearings (with Catholic nominees) are particularly relevant given her current high profile as the democratic vice presidential nominee. (article: https://www.nationalreview.com/corne...holic-bigotry/)
Last edited by TomAiello; 09-22-2020 at 09:49 AM.
When the difference between life and death is a matter of seconds, the police are only minutes away!
(not knocking police, just gun grabbers)
I'm really curious to see how Mike Lee's positive coronavirus test effects this. If he's going to quarantine for 10 days, there is no way Mitch McConnell will call a vote during that time. I'm curious to see if the Judiciary committee starts interrogating (which I think is the correct, if not commonly used term) the nominee without him, or if he gets teleconferenced in somehow.
I'm working so I've watched very little of the hearings, but from what I've seen Judge Barrett is really doing well. Her composure is making some of the senators (like Senator Klobuchar, for example) look almost unhinged in their attempted attacks.
This is a good one, especially the first 3 minutes...
Last edited by willpgn; 10-14-2020 at 03:47 PM.
It's not really questioning. It's grandstanding.
Every Senator has indicated how they will vote _before_ listening to the nominee speak.
Given the fact that everyone has already made up their minds, there's no real reason to hold the hearings aside from political theater. It's laughable that the democrats (who've all already decided how they will vote) are complaining that the process is 'rushed'. If you've already decided, why do you need a hearing or any discussion? Just vote and be done with it.
That second video is interesting. I find Senator Cruz quite impressive (I registered Republican in 2016 so I could vote for him rather than (now-)President Trump) and he comes off well, and makes a good point, there.
Senator Durbin reallly seems like the grown up in a party of adult sized children to me. I'm not a fan of his party generally (or of his political goals specifically), but they should have more like him.