Amy Coney Barrett has passed her Senate confirmation hearing with flying colors so far. How well has she done?
Well, her nomination was not especially popular after President Trump announced her. But all that has changed when Americans actually got to listen to her.
From a fresh poll out of the Morning Consult:
Nearly half (46 percent) of voters in an Oct. 2-4 Morning Consult/Politico poll said the Senate should confirm Barrett — up 9 percentage points since President Donald Trump announced her nomination on Sept. 26 — as more voters say the chamber should consider her elevation to the high court as soon as possible, regardless of who wins next month’s election.
That’s a pretty impressive shift. Now more Americans want her confirmed than those who do not.
She clearly showed herself to be intelligent, principled, and able to take on every senator’s question with just a pad of paper in front of her.
You would think that would be enough convince every Republican senator to vote for her, right?
Senator Susan Collins of Maine already opposed bringing Barrett forward for the nomination during the election season.
But many had hoped she would change her mind after hearing Amy out, as many Americans out.
Collins just announced her vote to the country:
Susan Collins says she will vote against Judge Amy Coney-Barrett being elected to the Supreme Court.
“It’s not a comment on her,” Collins said. “It is a comment on the process of rushing through a nomination in such a short time before a presidential election.”
So Susan Collins, who is in a tight race for her own senate seat this fall, wouldn’t consider changing her mind after hearing from Amy Barrett.
She seems to have been convinced by the Democrat argument that the President and the Senate should put off their duty to fill Supreme Court seats during elections—even though it has been done many times in the past.
More likely, Senator Collins has done some political calculus on how this might affect her tight race in Maine.
She is a Republican in a moderate state, and this way she probably figures she can have her cake and eat it too.
She would probably prefer a conservative on the court to anyone appointed by Joe Biden.
And she knows that she is not the deciding vote. As Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham have said, it looks like the Republicans have votes to confirm her.
But it would have been nice to see Susan Collins be won over by the charm of Amy Barrett. and the rational arguments by Republicans that it is their responsibility to confirm Barrett now
Instead, she has fallen prey to the political games of the Democrats.
While we may wish that Maine could have a more conservative representative in the Senate, the reality is this: the Senate needs Susan Collins to be reelected to maintain their majority.
Especially if Joe Biden somehow wins the Presidency. Otherwise, Democrats would have the power to end the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court and add new states and senators.
Do you think Susan Collins made the right call?