The Democrats have been eating their own after the magnificent show Amy Coney Barrett put on at her confirmation hearing. After the first half day, most Democrats didn’t stay in the committee during other questions. It came across as if Amy Coney Barrett wasn’t one to be trifled with, and therefore, they gave up the fight.
Many Senators on the committee came under fire for not being harder on ACB.
They expected to see a bloodbath like the one we watched for Justice Kavanaugh. When they didn’t get it, these Senators received harshly worded letters calling for some members to step down and others to be voted out completely.
The Senator who received the most criticism was Diane Feinstein for comments she made about the committee’s civility.
Feinstein said, “This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.” She continued saying, “It leaves one with a lot of hopes, a lot of questions, and even some ideas perhaps of good bipartisan legislation we can put together.”
Now the Senators – in an attempt to save face to their angry financial backers – plan to boycott Thursday’s committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination.
In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “Throughout the hearings last week, committee Democrats demonstrated the damage a Justice Barrett would do – to health care, reproductive freedoms, the ability to vote, and other core rights that Americans cherish. We will not grant this process any further legitimacy by participating in a committee markup of this nomination just twelve days before the culmination of an election that is already underway.”
The grandstanding can go on as long as these Democrats like. The reality that we all live in is that Graham is the committee’s head, and he has the votes. He will simply just vote the nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, out of the committee and onto the Senate floor for a vote.
The Democrats’ metaphorical goose is cooked, and they know it. They are as powerless as we are in the House, and that is why the impeachment went through, and this nomination will be too.