Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and other Democratic leaders stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during a news conference after their boycott of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S. October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted 12-0 to send Amy Coney Barrett to the Senate. Democrats countered by voting with their ten empty seats. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the planned boycott in a speech late Wednesday on the Senate floor. “We should not be moving forward on this nomination,” Schumer said, calling Barrett’s views “so far out of the mainstream” and once again calling out the fact that the nomination is only weeks away from the election. 

The committee chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, wasn’t swayed by the protest, stating he wouldn’t let the Democrats control the committee. “Barrett deserves to be on the Supreme Court and she will be confirmed,” Sen. Graham said. He added that Democrats made a choice not to participate. He did compliment the Democrats for questioning her “aggressively but not inappropriately.”

After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Schumer traded insults on the Senate floor. “Day after day, our colleague from New York performs the same angry speech with the same falsehoods,” McConnell said. Schumer retorted by accusing Republicans of building “a house of lies” and said McConnell “has defiled the Senate as an institution more than any person in this generation and many generations.”

President Donald Trump celebrated the nomination advancing, tweeting that it was a “big day for America!” Vice President Mike Pence thanked Republicans in a tweet for “quickly sending an incredibly qualified, highly principled conservative” nominee for a full Senate vote. That nomination should be confirmed Monday evening, even with Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a Republican, stating that she would most likely oppose Barrett’s confirmation.“I’ve shared for a while that I didn’t think we should be taking this up until after the election,” Murkowski said, “and I haven’t changed.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Pack the Court, Save the Vote – The Atlantic – 10/22/2020
For a judge with a brilliant legal mind, Amy Coney Barrett seemed oddly at a loss for words. […] Federal law stipulates that states must report their election results by the fourth Wednesday in December; the Constitution mandates that a president’s term ends at noon on January 20. Voter intimidation is outlawed by statute rather than by the Constitution, but the law is unambiguous. Yet Barrett could not commit herself to affirm the bedrock principle of American democracy: the ability of voters to choose their leaders in free and fair elections.

Ken Starr: Amy Coney Barrett could be on Supreme Court for 4 decades and become next chief justice – Fox News – 10/22/2020
Judge Amy Coney Barrett could potentially become the chief justice of the United States, Fox News contributor Ken Starr said on Thursday. “First of all, look at her age as well as her background, which is so stellar and outstanding. She is 48 years old. Justice Ginsburg was 87 when she passed from this life. So, just doing the arithmetic, she has the potential to stay on, let’s say, for four decades, so presidents will come and go. Four, five, or six presidents may come and go,” Starr told “America’s Newsroom.”

GOP rushes to Feinstein’s defense after her praise of Barrett hearings prompts Democratic fury – CNN – 10/22/2020
Feinstein, who at 87 had already been facing questions about her ability to continue in her role, enraged activists and her colleagues for praising Graham and the handling of hearings at the same time as they were trying to characterize them as an illegitimate sham. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes Unanimously To Send Amy Coney Barrett To The Senate Floor For SCOTUS Confirmation – The Federalist – 10/22/2020
While many Democrats opposed the nomination, claiming that it was hypocritical for the GOP to confirm a nominee so close to an election, Senate Republicans pressed forward, holding Senate Judiciary hearings all throughout last week.

After Barrett meeting, Murkowski still opposes election-year confirmation – Politico – 10/22/2020
While the Alaska Republican wouldn’t say explicitly that she will vote against Barrett, she did affirm her belief that now is the wrong time for a confirmation.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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