“I love the United States, and I love the United States Constitution,” Amy Coney Barrett proudly proclaimed during the early minutes of her speech, accepting the nomination by President Trump. Considering the lack of respect the constitution has been shown in favor of partisan rulings by the court, it is a refreshing sentiment. However, these are strong words that must be met with strong action, which has yet to be seen.
Paying honorable respect to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barrett also drew on her experiences learning under the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Complete with a series of relatable sentiments to family, all of which were in attendance, her speech was longer and more personable than previous nominations by the President.
Looking ahead, it is going to be an interesting road to confirmation. The Democrats do not have the votes to block the nominee in the senate, so it will be interesting to see what they decide to do.
Public criticism has largely surrounded the Catholic faith of Barrett. The question has been repeatedly laid out on whether she would be able to separate her faith from her verdicts as a judge. This has included the insinuation that she may recuse herself from judgements that counter with her faith. These sentiments are typically blind, and come from a place of partisanship rather than a legitimate concern of the sanctity of the court. In the case of Barrett, she has written extensively on the subject and the various situations in which a judge cannot bring themselves to separate their faith from their ruling – specifically in regards to the death penalty, in which case they should recuse as a last resort.
Concerns in this regard are eased however when the Catholic Lobby rejects the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett specifically because of her ability to separate faith from her duties as a judge.
As far as politics in the confirmation go, it will be a hard sell to press on the faith of Barrett, as at least a dozen Democrats in the senate share the same faith. Will they have other optics to attempt to sway republican votes, or will they look ahead at the dangerous prospects of packing the court?
It has been made perfectly clear that News Analytics stands with the Constitution, and that nothing else should influence the Supreme Court. Whether Barrett lives up to that expectation is hers to tell over the coming years.