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10.09.20

‘Very Common’: SCOTUS Nominees Supplementing Their Committee Questionnaires Is Completely Routine

The Last Six Justices Confirmed To The Court, Nominated By Presidents Of Both Parties, Have All Submitted Supplemental Materials To The Senate Judiciary Committee Chief Justice John Roberts And Justices Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, And Brett Kavanaugh All Submitted Supplemental Material To Their Original Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaires Then-Judge John Roberts submitted a supplemental response to the Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaire on August … Continue Reading


10.09.20

‘They Fully Intend To Pack The Court’

Joe Biden Won't Answer When Asked If He Supports A Nakedly Political Scheme To Pack The Supreme Court And Destroy Its Independence, But Senate Democrats Have Spent Months Saying They're 'Absolutely Open To It' HUGH HEWITT: "[Sen. Kamala Harris] and the former Vice President ought to be criticized for not answering the question about packing the Court." SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[W]ell look, Hugh, on that, when they don't answer the question, you know what the answer is… Continue Reading


10.09.20

Judge Amy Coney Barrett Is ‘A Woman Of Extraordinary Achievement’ With ‘A Strong Record Of Commitment To The Rule Of Law’

After Meeting With Judge Barrett, Senators Came Away Impressed By Her 'Stellar Credentials,' 'Unquestionable Knowledge Of The Law,' And 'Commitment To The Constitution,' Finding Her To Be 'An Inspiring Role Model As A Wife, Mother, Scholar And An Accomplished Jurist' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I think [the president] picked the single best person he could have picked anywhere in the country. This is a woman of extraordinary achievement. In her personal life, she's got se… Continue Reading


10.07.20

150 Hybrid Hearings Since May

The Senate Has Successfully Held 150 Hybrid Hearings With Some Participation By Videoconference Since The Pandemic Began SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The [Senate Judiciary Committee] Chairman has indicated the Committee will use the same hybrid format - with some participants appearing in person and others appearing over video - that it has successfully used for more than 20 prior hearings this year. Let me say that again. The Judiciary Committee alone has held more than 20 h… Continue Reading


10.07.20

Democrats Keep Making Judge Barrett’s Religion An Issue

Democrats And The Media Keep Attacking Judge Barrett's Religious Beliefs And Baselessly Suggesting That She Would Rule Based On Her Religion Instead Of The Law SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The ongoing attacks by Senate Democrats and the media on Judge Barrett's faith are a disgrace. They demean the confirmation process, disrespect the Constitution, and insult millions of American believers…. Our coastal elites are so disconnected from their own country that they tre… Continue Reading


10.06.20

Speaker Pelosi Decides Nothing Is Better Than Anything

Republicans Have Tried For Months To Compromise With Democrats, But Speaker Pelosi Has Refused To Budge From Her All-Or-Nothing Demands On Coronavirus Relief SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "If Senate Democrats were half as concerned as they say about American families' healthcare, they would not have filibustered a multi-hundred-billion-dollar proposal for more coronavirus relief just a few weeks ago…. Three weeks ago, every single Senator cast a vote on pre-existing cond… Continue Reading


10.05.20

Senate Democrats’ Disingenuous Objections To A Hybrid Hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Who Once Praised Hybrid Hearings With Virtual Participation Have Now Changed Their Tune, Calling Them Unacceptable, Despite Participating In 21 Of Them Since May Since May, The Senate Judiciary Committee Has Held At Least 21 Hearings With Virtual Participation, 17 Of Which Had Senators Participating Virtually In The First Such Hearing, Sen. Klobuchar Thanked Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham 'For Being Willing To Do A Hybrid Hearing,' And Said … Continue Reading


10.01.20

Dems’ Recusal Demands Are ‘Another Totally Invented Standard’

Justice Kagan Ruled In Major Obamacare Cases After Serving In The Obama Administration, Justices Ginsburg And Breyer Ruled In Landmark Cases Where President Clinton Was A Party, And All Four Justices Appointed By Those Presidents Participated In Election Year Cases When That President Stood For Re-Election SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Here's another one of the made-up attacks: Democrats are demanding that Judge Barrett commit in advance to recuse herself from entire catego… Continue Reading


10.01.20

‘Judge Amy Coney Barrett Has All The Qualities Of A First-Class Supreme Court Justice’

Legal Experts And Law Professors With A Range Of Political Opinions All Praise Judge Amy Coney Barrett For Having The 'Intellectual Chops And Experience For The Job' And Say She 'Will Inspire Several Generations Of Female Lawyers And Academics,' But Some Senate Democrats Won't Even Talk About Her Undeniable Qualifications SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "This week, the Senators who are sitting down with Judge Amy Coney Barrett are meeting an incredibly impressive jurist and hi… Continue Reading


09.30.20

New Liberal Wishlist, Same As The Old Liberal Wishlist

Democrats' Insistence That Their Latest Proposal Is A 'Compromise' Is Belied By The Fact That The Same Unrelated Liberal Wishlist Items From Their First Bill Are Still In This Bill HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): "Democrats are making good on our promise to compromise with this updated bill …" (Speaker Pelosi, Press Release, 9/28/2020) SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "Is this new bill everything that Democrats want? No. But it's an honest attempt to provide the relief… Continue Reading


09.29.20

Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Colleagues Know Her As ‘A Brilliant Lawyer, A Genuine And Good Person’

Those Who Have Worked With Judge Barrett Say She Is 'An Absolutely Brilliant Legal Scholar And Jurist,' Who 'Acts First And Foremost In Accord With The Law,' And Her Students Laud Her As 'The Paragon Of A Professor' Who 'Treats Every Person With Whom She Interacts With The Utmost Respect, Kindness, And Warmth' Liberal Law Professor Noah Feldman, With Whom Judge Barrett Served As A Supreme Court Clerk: Judge 'Barrett Is Highly Qualified,' 'A Brilliant And Conscientious Lawyer Who Will Analy… Continue Reading


09.29.20

Senate Dems Flip-Flop On The Importance Of Meeting A Supreme Court Nominee

Many Senate Democrats Who Said In 2016, 'You Can't Necessarily Make A Judgment About Someone's Demeanor Or Who They Are As A Person Until You Meet Them,' Are Refusing To Meet With Judge Amy Coney Barrett Senate Democrats Who Have Already Announced Their Refusal To Meet With Judge Barrett Said In 2016, 'The Meetings Are An Important Part Of This Process,' 'I Urge All My Colleagues To Meet With [The Nominee]' 2020: [Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)] says he will not meet with Judge Coney Barrett. … Continue Reading


09.27.20

Senate Republicans Praise ‘Brilliant Scholar’ And ‘Model For Decency And Citizenship’ Judge Amy Coney Barrett

'An Ally To The Rule Of Law,' Judge Barrett Is 'One Of The Finest Legal Minds Of Her Generation,' 'An Outstanding Judge And An Even Better Person' Who 'Has Demonstrated Exactly The Independence, Impartiality, And Fidelity To Our Laws And Constitution That Americans Need And Deserve On Their Highest Court' Senate Republican Leaders: 'Judge Amy Coney Barrett Is An Exceptionally Impressive Jurist And An Exceedingly Well-Qualified Nominee,' 'Judge Amy Coney Barrett Joins A Growing, But Still F… Continue Reading


09.26.20

Judge Barrett’s Judiciary Committee Hearings Will Fall Squarely In Line With Precedent

Since 1962, 8 Supreme Court Nominees Have Had Their Judiciary Committee Hearings Begin Within 15 Or Fewer Days From The Announcement Of Their Nomination SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman: "[The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings will begin] October the 12th. That'd be 16 days from nomination…. Monday will be introduction, opening statements, a statement by the nominee. Tuesday and Wednesday will be question days and Thursday we will begin the markup proc… Continue Reading


09.26.20

Will Democrats Continue To Attack Judge Barrett’s Religion?

Top Judiciary Committee Democrat To Judge Amy Coney Barrett: 'Professor… The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You' Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats To Judge Barrett In 2017: 'The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You,' 'You Would Be A Catholic Judge' SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): "Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that, you know, dogma and law are two different things? And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally differ… Continue Reading


09.26.20

Judge Amy Coney Barrett: ‘An Exceptionally Impressive Jurist’

'Judge Barrett Is The Complete Package': 'An Exceedingly Well-Qualified Nominee,' And 'Mind-Blowingly Intelligent,' Those Who Know Her Professionally Call Her A 'Thoughtful, Open-Minded Person,' And Have Witnessed Her 'Absolute Dedication To The Rule Of Law' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "President Trump could not have made a better decision. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the Un… Continue Reading


09.25.20

Democrats’ ‘Craven’ Hypocrisy

Democrats' Hypocrisy Between Their Demands For A Hearing And Vote On A Supreme Court Nominee In 2016 And Determination To Block A Supreme Court Nomination In 2020 Is Galling SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "[T]hey know there is no reason-no reason, no argument, no logic-to justify flipping your position 180 degrees and calling it some kind of principle. It is not. It is utterly craven …" (Sen. Schumer, Remarks, 9/21/2020) SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS IN 2016: '… Continue Reading


09.24.20

Autopilot Left-Wing Opposition Prepares To Fill In The Blanks Again

'[Y]ear After Year, Decade After Decade, The Far Left's Playbook Stays Exactly The Same … The Nominee Makes No Difference … The Same Absurd Scare Tactics, Every Single Time' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "President Trump has stated he will announce his nominee to the Supreme Court the day after tomorrow. We do not yet know which legal all-star from his list he will nominate. But strangely enough, we already do know exactly what the far left will start shouting … Continue Reading


09.23.20

Nice Institutions You Have There, Shame If Something Were To Happen To Them

Democrats 'Threaten To Wreck The Makeup Of The Senate If They Lose A Vote, And To Wreck The Structure Of The Court If Somebody Is Confirmed Whom They Oppose' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "That is what Senates do. It is in our job description. Presidents make nominations as they see fit, and Senate majorities either provide or withhold advice and consent as we see fit. But now our Democratic colleagues tell us that the Senate doing normal senatorial things would 'spell the e… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Schumer’s Shameless Hypocrisy

SEN. SCHUMER: 'There Is No Reason-No Reason, No Argument, No Logic-To Justify Flipping Your Position 180 Degrees And Calling It Some Kind Of Principle' SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "[T]hey know there is no reason-no reason, no argument, no logic-to justify flipping your position 180 degrees and calling it some kind of principle. It is not. It is utterly craven …" (Sen. Schumer, Remarks, 9/21/2020) SCHUMER TODAY: 'Leader McConnell And The Republican Senate Majority H… Continue Reading

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