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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/26/2020 08:35 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/26/2020 08:35 AM
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Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”

Washington, DC...U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks yesterday on the Senate floor regarding Judge Amy Coney Barrett: “Quote: ‘Few men [in] society… will have sufficient skill in the laws to qualify them for the stations of judges… [And] the number must be still smaller of those who unite the requisite integrity with the requisite knowledge.’ “That was Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist 78.

“The framers knew the independent judiciary would be a crucial part of this new experiment in self-government. If the separation of powers was to endure and the people’s rights were to be safe, we would need individuals of the highest quality on the courts.

“How fortunate for our country that the Senate just advanced one of the most qualified nominees for judicial service that we have seen in our lifetimes.

“Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is a stellar nominee in every respect. Her intellectual brilliance is unquestioned. Her command of the law is remarkable. Her integrity is above reproach.

“First as an award-winning academic and then as a circuit judge, she has worked her way up to the pinnacle of the law.

“But just as importantly, Judge Barrett has displayed zero willingness to impose personal views or clumsily craft new policy with her gavel. She has demonstrated the judicial humility, the neutrality, and the commitment to our written Constitution that are essential for this office.


“By now, as tends to happen by the ends of these processes, the Senate knows Judge Barrett very well.

“Senators saw the Judiciary Committee put the nominee through her paces with days of exhaustive questioning.

“We’ve been able to study nearly 100 opinions she has issued in three years on the federal bench.

“We’ve had another opportunity to examine the 15 years of scholarly writings that most of us reviewed three years ago, when Judge Barrett won bipartisan confirmation to her current job.

“And we’ve been deluged by personal testimonials from every corner of Judge Barrett’s career and life to confirm just what a remarkable person this nominee is.

“One of Judge Barrett’s former colleagues at Notre Dame is a leading expert in comparative constitutional law. That means he studies the courts and constitutions of countries all around the world. He meets judges from across the planet.

“Here’s what this expert says about his colleague: ‘I have had very many occasions to meet, observe, and work with high court judges from all over the world, from Argentina to Austria… from South Africa to South Korea… [and] I can say with great certainty that Judge Barrett stands out, on a par in her abilities with the most distinguished” of them all.’

“He says her legal work is ‘as erudite as it [is] clear and accessible,’ and ‘as honest and fair-minded… as anyone could aspire to, with not a hint of personal bias.’

“Most of us would be thrilled to receive such praise once or twice in our whole career. But Judge Barrett seems to provoke this reaction in everyone. The highest professional compliments seem to be the default reaction from anybody who crosses her path.

“Eighty-one of her law school classmates from ‘diverse backgrounds, political affiliations, and philosophies” say the nominee embodies “the highest caliber of intellect… fairmindedness, empathy, integrity, humility, good humor, and commitment to justice.’

“They also said ‘as fellow students, we often learned more from Amy than the professor.’

Three years ago, more than 70 fellow scholars wrote the Senate calling her scholarship ‘careful,’ ‘rigorous [and] fair-minded.’ They said her ‘personal integrity’ earns wide respect.

“And every one of the Supreme Court alumni who clerked alongside Judge Barrett wrote us to share their ‘unanimous’ view that she is a ‘woman of remarkable intellect and character.’

“That clerkship came about, by the way, after one of her professors who is now a university president wrote Justice Scalia with one sentence: ‘Amy Coney is the best student I ever had.’

“A few weeks ago, Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman — who leans left — wrote that Judge Barrett is “a brilliant and conscientious lawyer who will analyze and decide cases in good faith.” He said she ‘meets and exceeds’ the ‘basic criteria for being a good Justice.’

“No wonder that for all the acrimony that has swirled around this process, nobody has even attempted to dispute Judge Barrett’s qualifications.

“To the contrary — it seems no one can help being impressed. At one point during Judge Barrett’s hearing, she was asked about an arcane legal doctrine. Her answer was so clear and so accessible that one of our Democratic colleagues had to remark: ‘that’s quite a definition. I’m really impressed.’

“So are the American people.


“Some opponents of this nomination come right out and say, quote, ‘it’s not about qualifications.’ They say they aren’t interested in whether Judge Barrett will smartly and faithfully apply our laws and Constitution. Instead, they want to make apocalyptic predictions about policy.

“There are a few problems here.

“One is that their political side has been shopping the same horror stories for fifty years. They’ve been saying the same thing for half a century about every Supreme Court nominee by a Republican president. Without exception.

“And many of those judges, not to the delight of some people on this side of the aisle, went on to not disappoint the other side. Which shows you how hazardous it is to predict what someone will be for a lifetime. Many have been surprised, some unpleasantly.

“It’s almost if jurists are not politicians with policy platforms. It’s almost as though that’s the wrong way to look at this.

“This is the deeper misunderstanding at play here.

“Let me quote an expert: ‘A judge must apply the law as written, not as she wishes it were.’

“Scalia used to put it this way. He said, ‘if you want to make policy, why don’t you run for office? That’s not what we do here. That’s not our job.’

“It takes a great deal of discipline to squeeze your personal opinions out of your decision making. That’s the kind of judges we’ve been confirming here for the last four years. People who are sworn to uphold the law — and take it seriously.

“President Obama once said he wanted to appoint judges who had empathy.

“Think about it for a minute. If you are the litigant for whom the judge has empathy, you are probably in pretty good shape. But what if you aren’t?

“That’s not what we’ve been doing here for the last four years on the judiciary. And the reason that frightens these guys on the other side so much is because that’s exactly what they want: Another branch of legislators seeking outcomes that may or may not be reflected in the law or Constitution that’s before them. That’s exactly what they want.

“Quote: ‘Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But the policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.’

“That, of course, was Judge Barrett. She understands the separation of powers far more keenly than her critics. She understands the job of a judge.

“Our Democratic colleagues should not have tried to filibuster this exceptional nominee; they should have listened and learned.

“I loved during the hearing when Senator Cornyn said ‘what do you have on your notepad?’

“She held it up. Nothing. No notes at all.

“We’ve got three former Supreme Court clerks on that committee – Senator Cruz, Senator Hawley, and Senator Lee. So they’ve been around the best, at the highest level. Nobody has seen anything better than this.

“This is something to really be proud of and feel good about. We’ve made an important contribution to the future of this country.

“A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be done, sooner or later, by the next election.

“But the other side won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come. And fortunately for Judge Barrett and for our nation, history will remember what is already clear: The deficiency is with their judgment, not hers.

“The Senate is doing the right thing. We’re moving this nomination forward.

“By tomorrow night, we’ll have a new member of the United States Supreme Court.”

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She is evil!!!!!
Posted on: 2020-10-26 09:46:37   By: Anonymous
Goodbye Health care
She is evil
Goodbye woman rights
Hello hate
She will help trump stay in power
Goodbye to your vote
She is dangerous to GAYS RIGHTS

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    Re: She is evil!!!!!
    Posted on: 2020-10-26 10:30:14   By: Anonymous
    ^Double Yep

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    Re: She is evil!!!!!
    Posted on: 2020-10-26 10:48:50   By: Anonymous
    Man, you got that right, not only evil, she's even a bigger liar than Biden. Read what she said the other day, and she believes it.

    Clinton made the comments during a recent appearance on Kara Swisher’s ‘Sway’ podcast.

    The former First Lady was asked if a woman president would have responded better to the coronavirus pandemic, immediately asserting, “I have no doubt, especially if it were me.”

    “I was born for that. I mean, that’s why I knew I’d be a good president. I was ready for crises and emergencies, and I would have done what you see these women leaders doing,” said Clinton.
    Asked about Trump being re-elected, Hillary said that she “can’t entertain the idea of him winning,” and that the very thought of it made her physically ill.

    What makes Hillary’s bitterness even funnier is that she hides it by claiming she lives rent free in Trump’s head, when the opposite is actually true.

    “Well, I think I live rent-free in his head,” she said. “He does not live rent-free in my head, because I have very little regard for him.”

    This from the same woman who admits she thinks about a rematch with Trump “all the time.”

    Shes one of the most hated women in US Politics, right next to Nasty Nancy Pelosi. So when you had the subject line "She is evil!!!!" I could not agree more!!

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      Re: She is evil!!!!!
      Posted on: 2020-10-26 11:46:41   By: Anonymous
      Wah, freakin' wah. Would you libiots like some cheese to go with your whine?

      As the Great One In His Own Mind said "Elections have consequences." Trump won. He'll win again against Granpa Gropefinger.

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      Re: She is evil!!!!!
      Posted on: 2020-10-26 13:02:45   By: Anonymous

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        Re: She is evil!!!!!
        Posted on: 2020-10-26 19:44:56   By: Anonymous

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Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”
Posted on: 2020-10-26 09:53:41   By: Anonymous
Total bullshyte.
Barett has been a judge only 2 years.
She clerked for Scalia, and is even more conservative than he was.
She is a cancer on many rights , such as women, minotities, non Christians, consumers, voters, she reflects a radical view of the Constitution that is beyond any rational explanation except she is a revisionist who wishes to take America back to the 1800's, when only wealthy white men had rights.

She destroys the doctrine of separation of church and state , and replaces it with a Christian only caliphate, similar to the Taliban but with Jesus instead of Allah.

After 2 illegitimate presidents- bush and dump we have had 5 illegitimate justices put on the court who subscribe to a corporate only view of the Constitution and laws. The rulings of the Roberts court is astounding- 200 rulings against citizens and for their corporate owners, who installed them to do their bidding.

I say an illegitimate SCOTUS because of the denial of the vote count in 2000 which handed bush the presidency, a SCOTUS coup with no legal standing.
Rehnquist's majority opinion reads "Mr bush would be irreparably harmed if all the votes would be counted". WTF? Why do we have elections? He also said "there is no right to vote in the Constitution". Thank You for dismissing our Democracy.

In 2016, thru the SCOTUS rulings allowing the end of the civil rights voting rights, and Federal monitoring of elections and voter registrations in Southern Republican states, 13 million minority voters were purged from the voter roles.
The Kobach interstate voter list was used in the red states, and over 13 million just in the past 5 years , this alone would have changed the 2016 election alone.
In Wi, Mi, Pa, vote terminals in heavily Black precincts did not record choices for President only, the other votes registered, obvious terminal hacking.

Illegitimate Presidents illegitimate courts rule against the welfare of the majority of Americans. For this reason if Biden is allowed to be president, he will add justices to the SCOTUS, and thru the court America can begin the restoration of representative democracy starting with election reform.

dump and Republicans admit if all legal citizens are allowed to vote, the Republican party would be voted out until it reforms itself, and represents the majority.

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    Re: Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”
    Posted on: 2020-10-26 10:31:06   By: Anonymous
    Fuch Mitch McConnel, that pasty faced ugly morforker.

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      Re: Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”
      Posted on: 2020-10-26 10:59:05   By: Anonymous
      You democrat/liberal communist sure are the most bitter, vulgar people people in our country. Your party lost the last election and you've been crying, swearing, breaking, looting, burning, assaulting, shooting, raping, murdering people everyday.
      Since even before the election you tried to get rid of Trump, and then you cry and whine that if Trump loses he won't hand the WH over in a peaceful what, LIKE YOU DEM/ LIB COMMUNIST DID???
      Not only are you the most bitter, vulgar and criminals, you're the biggest HYPOCRITICAL BIGOTS TO BOOT!!!

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        Re: Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”
        Posted on: 2020-10-26 11:26:47   By: Anonymous
        Thank you, well said!!! The Democrats and the media (same thing) have never stopped lying or apologized for their wrongdoing and mountains of misinformation. Amy Barrett is over the top qualified for this position and the left tries to make her out to be a witch just like the orchestrated lies from the left regarding Justice Kavanaugh. Vote President Trump and keep America great!!!

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          Re: Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”
          Posted on: 2020-10-26 12:41:40   By: Anonymous
          The way the Dems have acted since 2015 is the reason after the elections I'll register as a Republican. If the Independent Party ever gets their act together they could really shake up this two party country.
          But I'll never vote as or for a Democrat again. Such hypocris, pointing their finger at everyone else, as they tried to over turn an election, fake collusion, their dem run cities violence, rioting because their dem mayor's hire dem cops, kill unarmed blacks, and point their finger at our President and say it's his fault? This is why we should always have the Electoral College in place. Just like our forefathers knew in their days, too many stupid people, the democrats today have certainly proven that.

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            Re: Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”
            Posted on: 2020-10-26 20:16:50   By: Anonymous
            Nobody believes your act.

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          Re: Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”
          Posted on: 2020-10-26 13:42:41   By: Anonymous
          Is 255,987 dead making America great again?
          If so you are sick!

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    Re: Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”
    Posted on: 2020-10-26 11:05:54   By: Anonymous
    Here's another reason millions of people want immigrants to come here legally. Of course the BLM leaders and THEPINETREE McNuts applaud this illegal for killing law officers, the law abiding US citizens do not.

    "Gunman, 51, who killed a Houston police officer and wounded another during domestic violence incident is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador wanted for deportation"

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-26 11:35:58   By: Anonymous
This is just more proof that the Republicans know they are going to lose the senate and the presidency. This is their last power move.

The Economist has Donald’s chances of winning at 5%

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    Posted on: 2020-10-26 12:13:54   By: Anonymous
    Republicans today disgusting . So fu — up

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      Posted on: 2020-10-26 12:15:09   By: Anonymous
      You can kiss your sweet donald goodbye

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        Posted on: 2020-10-26 12:17:19   By: Anonymous
        Don’t forget to take his criminal family with him . If we never see these idiots again, that would be OK ...

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          Posted on: 2020-10-26 12:21:32   By: Anonymous

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            Posted on: 2020-10-26 12:46:09   By: Anonymous
            “Most qualified?”

            She’s only been a judge for 2 YEARS.
            She’s spent all her time previously teaching. Other Supreme Court judges have an average of 20 years judge experience prior to their appointments.

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              Posted on: 2020-10-26 19:46:16   By: Anonymous
              Most qualified to sit on my face

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Congratulations Amy, I mean Justice Barrett
Posted on: 2020-10-26 12:56:02   By: Anonymous

Monday night’s celebration at the White House of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s expected confirmation to the Supreme Court will be “just a very nice event” and not a large one, President Donald Trump told reporters, Politico reported.

Barrett is expected to be approved Monday evening by the Senate after a contentious confirmation process in which Democrats accused Republicans of hypocrisy for going through the process so close to next week’s election after the GOP refused to even consider President Barack Obama’s nomination four years ago during an election year.

Trump’s comments came after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed criticism that the ceremony could lead to a repeat of the late September Rose Garden event for the judge, during which experts said that the largely unmasked gathering in the Rose Garden ended up contributing to many in the crowd contracting the coronavirus, including an outbreak in the White House, according to The Hill.

Meadows added that "We’re doing ... the best we can to encourage as much social distancing as possible. It’ll be outdoors if it goes off as planned.”

The concern over the event also comes as Vice President Mike Pence’s office reported over this past weekend that it had coronavirus infections among its staff, including the vice president’s chief of staff.

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    Re: Congratulations Amy, I mean Justice Barrett
    Posted on: 2020-10-26 13:04:35   By: Anonymous
    It's OK, they all have masks which, according to the (D)ummies, stops Covid.

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      Re: Congratulations Amy, I mean Justice Barrett
      Posted on: 2020-10-26 13:44:08   By: Anonymous
      They didn’t have masks last time.

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        Re: Congratulations Amy, I mean Justice Barrett
        Posted on: 2020-10-26 19:47:00   By: Anonymous

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-26 13:14:05   By: Anonymous
Find an atheist who can make judicial decisions without religious biases then you’ll have the most qualified Supreme Court judge.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-26 14:31:32   By: Anonymous
"Breathing is not a Constitutional Right"
Amy Coney Barrett

Go ahead and die, you suckers.

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    Posted on: 2020-10-26 15:11:43   By: Anonymous
    To all of you crying Democrats - per your racist leader Obama who did more damage to race relations from his first day in office - ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!

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Posted on: 2020-10-26 17:15:02   By: Anonymous
Considering what was done to President Obama's appointee to the Supreme court, Merrick Garland. The Republicans should change their mascot from the elephant to the in hippo-crites!

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    Re: Hippo-crits
    Posted on: 2020-10-26 17:46:57   By: Anonymous

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-26 17:50:07   By: Anonymous
The Republican Party needs to go away.

None of their espoused principles are real. They’re not fiscally or socially conservative, they’re not pro-life or pro-troop or pro-small government.

Their only real principle is a raw, unprincipled pursuit of power at all cost.

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