The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Today, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced that while she disagrees with the timing of the vote, she lost that battle and will vote to confirm Barrett based solely on qualifications. The Hill reports:
“I have no doubt about her intellect. I have no doubt about Judge Barrett’s judicial temperament. I have no doubt about her capability to do the job. … I have concluded that she is the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court,” Murkowski said from the Senate floor.
Murkowski, the only GOP senator to oppose then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, was one of the last senators whose vote was in doubt.
This secures a purely partisan vote the ability to confirm Barrett as the next Justice. With a make-up of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and 2 Independents, the Republicans have secured the necessary 51 votes required for confirmation.
It is important to note that partisan squabbles under the Obama administration lead us to where we are today. As we previously reported, checks and balances granted to the congress have been eroded in temper-tantrum like maneuvers. As such, the required Super Majority has been erased, as well as the ability to filibuster, leaving Democrats with little to work with to prevent the majority achieving their goal. And frankly, it is their own fault.
I would like to think that they will use this as a cautionary tale in the future, possibly moving to restore checks and balances, but the reality is that this will only lead us to further erosion of constitutional protections in the future. It will start with Court Packing the moment the Democrats are able to take control of the Presidency and Senate be it 2021, or years later.
Democrats have attempted to stop, or at least delay the process with procedural maneuvering. CBS News reports:
Senate Democrats on Friday tried to slow down Barrett’s confirmation process with some procedural maneuvers, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer forcing all senators for a “live quorum call,” a roll call where every senator has to declare they are present. He then called for an in-person vote to proceed with the legislative session, and forced the Senate to convene for a rare closed session to “talk face to face about what this might mean for the country.”
However none of this was able to delay the scheduled confirmation vote on Monday that is almost certain to secure Amy Coney Barrett to the highest court in the land.