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    Democrats’ cries go futile as Republicans set the stage for Barrett’s confirmation

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation as the 9th Supreme Court judge is affixed by the Republican-led senate amid unanimous opposition from Democrats. Democrats were caught in a helpless situation. They tried to obstruct Barrett’s confirmation ahead of elections but Republicans succeeded in getting past them. Barrett is perhaps the first judge in modern history who will be confirmed without a single vote from the minority party.

    Barrett will be Trump’s third nominee to be confirmed in the Supreme Court. The confirmation will lead to a conservative-leaning judiciary. It opens up a new era for United States judiciary. The fate of ideological cases like abortion rights, gun rights and the Affordable Care Act will have an altogether different course from here.

    Judge Barrett has, however, asserted during her confirmation process that she will follow the rule of law and not impose her meaning to the Constitution.

    The political era of the American judiciary

    Judge Barrett admitted that she will have a Republican approach to the court but she declined to certify the way she will deal with particular controversial cases.

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    Her far-right conservative approach and her critical writings on abortion rights and Obamacare have stirred fear among Democrats. Barrett is strictly opposed to abortion rights and the Obamacare.

    Trump’s refusal to commit to the peaceful transfer of power after the election result has made the judiciary a political battleground. Trump clearly said that the election might end in the Supreme Court. He, therefore, rushed Barrett’s confirmation before the Election Day. This is a new age of American judiciary, where political battles are fought so openly in the high court.

    The 6-3 conservative majority has laid the ground for right led jurisdictions. Barrett is relatively young at the age of 48. She will remain justice for a lifetime, cementing the conservative leanings for years to come.

    The new rule helped Barrett

    A decade ago, the voting before confirmation required to cross the threshold of 60 votes. The rule was tweaked by the Obama administration in the first half of this decade.

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    After Donald Trump became the President, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell further changed the 60 vote threshold rule. The new rule requires a simple majority out of 100 senate votes. This made Barrett’s confirmation an easy task. She would not have qualified with the old rule.

    Barrett set to be confirmed without a single Democratic vote.

    The Senate voted 51-48 to kick start the voting process for her confirmation. All the Democrat senators voted to oppose Barrett’s confirmation. Not a single Democratic vote went in her favour.

    Two Republicans also opposed Barrett’s rushed confirmation process. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine went against their party to oppose the confirmation. Murkowski, however, later announced her support for Barrett. She said that she is opposed to the confirmation process so close to the election and not the Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

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    Collins remains the only Republican senator to oppose Barrett’s confirmation. She also said that she has not concluded over Barrett’s merit. It is the rushed process she is opposing. Republicans themselves successfully opposed Obama’s Supreme Court nominee before the 2016 presidential election.

    Pence and Kamala missed the vote

    Vice President, Michael Pence could not attend the voting to preside over it. His campaign staffers have tested positive for the COVID-19. Pence said that he will attend the voting only if there are chances of tie-breaker.

    Pence would have come to preside the vote but he was strongly opposed by Democrats. Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, said that Pence’s presence will not only violate the safety guidelines of Centre for Disease Control, it will also be against the general courtesy and decency.

    Kamala Harris, the vice-presidential Democratic nominee could also not attend the voting. She was in a campaign rally in Michigan.

    Jacob Anderson
    Jacob Andersonhttps://awutar.com/author/jacob/
    Jacob Anderson is Journalist and Political Analysis of Awutar. You can get him via: [email protected]

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