Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Welcome to SCOTUS, Justice Amy Coney Barrett

 

Monday night, Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. Hours earlier, she was confirmed by the Senate by a 52-48 party-line vote. The only senator to cross the aisle was Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) who voted with the Democrat minority.

Barrett, 48, replaces late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, providing conservatives with a clear majority on the high court.

Justice Clarence Thomas administered the official constitutional oath to Barrett in a White House ceremony Monday night, 30 days after her nomination.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the judicial oath Tuesday, officially accepting Barrett onto the court.

 

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  1. Tim H. Member
    L to R: Me, Amy Barrett, and my daughter

    Our Rhodes College Alumni for Amy group is excited tonight. Our letter of support, with 900 alumni signatures, was put into the Senate record last week. One of my 1994 classmates worked up a take-off on an old Rhodes bumper sticker with the slogan, “Our ivy is in a league by itself”:

    So that’s two Supreme Court justices from a little ol’ liberal arts college in the South. Abe Fortas (’30) and Amy Barrett (’94). We expect Amy will do us a bit prouder and not have to resign in disgrace the way Fortas did.

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    • October 26, 2020, at 7:00 PM PDT
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  2. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. StephensJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Winning

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    • October 26, 2020, at 7:01 PM PDT
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  3. Doug Watt Moderator

    A big day for Notre Dame, as well as her family, and for the rest of the country.

    “On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I congratulate Amy Coney Barrett on her confirmation today by the United States Senate as a justice of the United States Supreme Court,” said University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

    “Recognized by experts from across the spectrum of judicial philosophies as a superb legal scholar and judge, she is an esteemed colleague and a teacher revered by her students,” Jenkins said. “Justice Barrett becomes the first alumna of Notre Dame Law School, and the first Notre Dame faculty member to be so honored. As I said upon her nomination, she is a person of the highest integrity who has epitomized the University’s commitment to teaching, scholarship, justice, and service to society. We join her family and friends in celebrating this momentous achievement, and we assure Justice Barrett and her colleagues on the nation’s highest court of our continued prayers in their work of administering justice and upholding the Constitution.”

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    • October 26, 2020, at 7:24 PM PDT
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  4. Old Bathos Moderator

    I think she will be a star. 

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    • October 26, 2020, at 7:32 PM PDT
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  5. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member

    Please, Jon, it’s Madame Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The proprieties must be observed.

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    • October 26, 2020, at 7:44 PM PDT
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  6. DonG (Biden is compromised) Coolidge

    It is weird that she is younger than me. It had to happen eventually. Will Susan Collins save her seat? Maine is odd. I think there is some Canadian Leftism leaking through the border that affects Maine, Minnesota, and Montana. 

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    • October 26, 2020, at 8:14 PM PDT
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  7. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Barrett well deserves her seat. Collins does not deserve hers, and she deserves to lose hers. 

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    • October 26, 2020, at 9:05 PM PDT
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  8. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Hurrah. I think I’ll buy a Notre Dame sweatshirt to celebrate. Not that I attended Notre Dame, but we Hoosiers are still rather proud of that little institution up there in South Bend. 

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    • October 26, 2020, at 10:58 PM PDT
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  9. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    And immediately the Dems and their MSM colleagues go into a Twitty fit about packing the court. I seem to remember Obama left a lot of open judiciary seats vacant. How long would it have taken Obama to fill all the new seats on SCOTUS assuming 6 new slots were suddenly available? Removing the judicial filibuster was supposed to make the approving of judges and justices simpler by permitting approval on a simple majority vote. But first, you have to acquire the ability to make the nomination, and pass simple majority votes in the Senate. The Senate, elected to give each state equal voice in lawmaking, protects rights of small states. The House, elected proportionately to the population, gives greater power in lawmaking to bigger states, states with larger populations centers where passions rule. The power to nominate and approve Supreme Court Justices is correctly situated between the Presidency and the Senate under the constitution, especially for a position that is a non-political (and lifetime) post. But it might not always remain that way, because of the influence of big pocket donors to make every Senate seat election a nationwide referendum. More people need to study and understand the Constitution.

     

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    • October 27, 2020, at 12:32 AM PDT
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  10. Kozak Member
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    Someone was a visionary…..

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    • October 27, 2020, at 3:45 AM PDT
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  11. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Someone was a visionary…..

    There’s a few people I miss from Twitter, in terms of enjoyable reads – she’s one of them.

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    • October 27, 2020, at 4:00 AM PDT
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  12. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    The House once had a Fillibuster too.

     

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    • October 27, 2020, at 4:41 AM PDT
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  13. Vance Richards Member
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    A Black guy swearing in a White woman all because of a president we are supposed to believe is racist and misogynistic?

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    • October 27, 2020, at 4:55 AM PDT
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  14. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    The political theater of Democrats melting down in public after the totally inevitable confirmation demonstrates the total lack of anything resembling dignity left in the Senate. The Democrats are beyond redemption. They have lost their minds over the last three years, been reduced to screaming infants all because a former member of their party rose to the presidency under a different banner. Trump used all he had learned as a Democrat to get himself elected. He has used tactics formerly only used by Democrats to respond to their infantile tantrums, and it is driving them crazy. They have no ability to stand being fed doses of their own medicine and rant and rave in the very manner that they accuse Trump of behaving while he has maintained some reasonable level of dignity, certainly far more than they have. They lie, all of them do, while claiming that he lies. It is something that belongs in the Theater of the Absurd, not on the floor of the Senate or House of Representatives. Please, Dear God, let Trump win this election! It will truly be a divine comedy to watch.

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    • October 27, 2020, at 6:12 AM PDT
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  15. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Barrett well deserves her seat. Collins does not deserve hers, and she deserves to lose hers.

    I’d still prefer Collins to a Democrat. She did a fine job upholding the Kavanaugh confirmation.

    She’s in a difficult electoral situation. It’s a good thing to have a bit of a cushion in the Senate, so that one or two Senators can depart from party unity on a specific issue.

    I would have preferred it if she had abstained.

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    • October 27, 2020, at 6:25 AM PDT
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  16. Stad Thatcher

    ACB to HRC: Happy MAGA Birthday!

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    • October 27, 2020, at 6:30 AM PDT
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  17. ToryWarWriter Thatcher

    I sincerely hope she is everything you hope she is, and not the disaster I am told she will be. We will soon know with the PA election laws decision.

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    • October 27, 2020, at 6:32 AM PDT
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  18. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    A Black guy swearing in a White woman all because of a president we are supposed to believe is racist and misogynistic?

    This comment gets the prize for the pithiest of the year so far. 

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    • October 27, 2020, at 7:07 AM PDT
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  19. Instugator Thatcher
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Barrett well deserves her seat. Collins does not deserve hers, and she deserves to lose hers.

    But not to a Demoncrat

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    • October 27, 2020, at 7:07 AM PDT
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  20. Stad Thatcher

    Instugator (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Barrett well deserves her seat. Collins does not deserve hers, and she deserves to lose hers.

    But not to a Demoncrat

    Put another way, even a RINO is better than a Democrat . . .

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    • October 27, 2020, at 7:15 AM PDT
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  21. Instugator Thatcher
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Instugator (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Barrett well deserves her seat. Collins does not deserve hers, and she deserves to lose hers.

    But not to a Demoncrat

    Put another way, even a RINO is better than a Democrat . . .

    I prefer Demoncrat; but yes a Republicant is better than a Demoncrat

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    • October 27, 2020, at 7:59 AM PDT
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  22. Raxxalan Member
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    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    I sincerely hope she is everything you hope she is, and not the disaster I am told she will be. We will soon know with the PA election laws decision.

    She appears to be well qualified and has a pretty deep paper trail of conservative thought; however, as with all conservative justices we won’t get what we want. She’ll do her best to interpret bad law faithfully and probably like Scalia will give too much weight to bad precedent. Unlike Roberts though she is unlikely to swayed by the political argument and I don’t fear for the 1st or 2nd amendment, so about the best to hope for. Conservatives should not put too much of their faith in judges, to paraphrase a good book.

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    • October 27, 2020, at 8:19 AM PDT
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  23. Weeping Member

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    I sincerely hope she is everything you hope she is, and not the disaster I am told she will be. We will soon know with the PA election laws decision.

    Why are some expecting her to be a disaster?

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    • October 27, 2020, at 8:50 AM PDT
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  24. Doctor Robert Member

    Weeping (View Comment):

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    I sincerely hope she is everything you hope she is, and not the disaster I am told she will be. We will soon know with the PA election laws decision.

    Why are some expecting her to be a disaster?

    Roberts. Kennedy. Souter. Warren.

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    • October 27, 2020, at 10:09 AM PDT
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  25. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Weeping (View Comment):

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    I sincerely hope she is everything you hope she is, and not the disaster I am told she will be. We will soon know with the PA election laws decision.

    Why are some expecting her to be a disaster?

    Roberts. Kennedy. Souter. Warren.

    Yup. 

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    • October 27, 2020, at 11:28 AM PDT
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  26. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    Maybe she can slap John Roberts out of his Woke stupor.

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    • October 27, 2020, at 12:20 PM PDT
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  27. Raxxalan Member
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    JimGoneWild (View Comment):

    Maybe she can slap John Roberts out of his Woke stupor.

    While I love the image and think it would make a wonderful SNL skit. I also think it is highly unlikely.

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    • October 27, 2020, at 5:31 PM PDT
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  28. Weeping Member

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Weeping (View Comment):

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    I sincerely hope she is everything you hope she is, and not the disaster I am told she will be. We will soon know with the PA election laws decision.

    Why are some expecting her to be a disaster?

    Roberts. Kennedy. Souter. Warren.

    So the dread is due more to what’s happened before rather than something specific they see in her?

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    • October 28, 2020, at 8:49 AM PDT
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