Democrats who are hoping to keep President Donald Trump’s nominee from being confirmed to the Supreme Court got some really bad news this weekend.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) broke the bad news on Sunday, saying, “We could slow it down perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can’t stop the outcome.”
Bad news for liberals
Right now, there is a 5-3 conservative lean on the Supreme Court. In a little more than three weeks, that advantage is going to go to 6-3 whether Democrats like it or not.
Several high-ranking Democrats have floated ideas to stop Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation, but none of them will hold the nomination up long enough to prevent it from happening.
For instance, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has suggesting invoking a two-hour rule. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) said the Dems would deny consent and hold quorum calls. All these measures will do, however, is slow the process, not stop it, Durbin said.
Meeting with Barrett
While several Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee say they are refusing to meet with Barrett ahead of her confirmation hearings, Durbin seems to be taking a different approach.
Now that the process has started, he plans on respectfully carrying out his duties.
“What we should do is to address this now respectfully,” Durbin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.
Later, he added that he would extend the “courtesy” of a visit to Barrett, albeit with social distancing in mind.
“I want to be respectful,” Durbin said. “We disagree on some things. And in terms of participating in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, I’ll be there to do my job.” Watch:
NEW: Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin tells @GStephanopoulos that Senate Democrats can “slow” the process of confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett “perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can’t stop the outcome.” https://t.co/zTNMzk2uyg pic.twitter.com/mA8TYkY9Df
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 27, 2020
This will not likely sit well with some Democrats, especially Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who has called on her colleagues to consider all options, including impeachment of Trump or Attorney General Bill Barr, if that is what it will take to derail Barrett’s confirmation.