Judge Amy Coney Barrett just refused and the Senate is stunned. Her confirmation hearings to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court took a turn that no one expected.
“Most of us have multiple notebooks and notes, and books, and things like that in front of us,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “Can you hold up what you have been referring to in answering our questions?” Barrett held up a small notepad, but it was blank.
Even after hours of questioning — much of it hostile when coming from Democrats — Barrett refused to take notes. And she did not need to. When you are a well-educated and brilliant professional like her, it isn’t necessary.
The exchange with Cornyn continued. “Is there anything on it?” he asked about the notepad. Holding up the blank pad, she responded, “The letterhead that says United States Senate.” It was a moment of levity, but also a powerful statement.
Cornyn called it “impressive” and derided his Democrat colleagues for insinuating that Barrett would not be able to rule in an unbiased matter, which is an “insulting” accusation. Millions of Americans were nodding in agreement.
Barrett is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; she is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School. She is a devout Christian married to a loving husband with seven beautiful children. The Senate must confirm her now.
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