The mainstream media delivered a huge “scoop” of a story last week that, while perhaps ruffling some feathers on the left, was greeted with a bored “yeah, we already knew that,” from many folks on the right.
The huge revelation from the media that had already been surmised by many conservatives last year was that President Donald Trump was waiting to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court until Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the high bench became vacant.
“Saving her for Ginsburg”
Axios reported on Mar. 31 that Barrett, a staunch conservative and observant Catholic who is outspoken against abortion, was one of the top choices under consideration to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018.
However, several unnamed sources said to be close to Trump told the outlet that the president had repeatedly said of Barrett, “I’m saving her for Ginsburg.”
Trump ultimately nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was eventually confirmed following a grueling and disgusting process that saw him horribly smeared by the left with baseless and unfounded allegations of sexual misconduct and worse, but which nevertheless failed to derail his path to the high court.
Barrett was appointed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals by Trump in 2017, and was grilled by Senate Democrats over her Catholicism and pro-life beliefs during her confirmation hearings. It is a certainty that the same, if not worse, would occur if/when she is nominated for the Supreme Court, particularly if she were to be nominated to replace the liberal icon that is Ginsburg.
Staunchly conservative, pro-life Catholic
As noted, Barrett would be an exceptionally popular pick with conservatives due to her stance on religious freedom and abortion, as well as her deep respect for the Constitution, among other things.
Given her pro-life beliefs, relatively young age by judicial standards and the fact that she is a woman, many have viewed her as the ideal replacement for Ginsburg, if the seat held by the 86-year-old jurist with a history of health issues become available while Trump is still in office.
Should Barrett be nominated and confirmed, she would join recent replacements Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh in shifting the ideological balance of the high court decisively to the right for many years to come.
Grueling opposition a virtual certainty
According to the Axios report, Trump decided to hold off on nominating Barrett to replace Kennedy because of concerns that her strong stance against abortion would be a problem with some of the more moderate Republican senators, such as Sens. Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.
Considering the slim majority Republicans held in the Senate at that time, there was too much of a risk of Barrett’s confirmation failing if enough Republicans joined the Democrats in voting against her. However, given that the Republicans actually gained seats and expanded their margin of control in the 2018 midterm elections, the danger of such a scenario has lessened considerably.
Amy Coney Barrett has been discussed as a potential Supreme Court nominee since Trump first articulated his vision for the high court, and though she has been passed over twice already in favor of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, she remains near the top of the list and will likely get her shot to be a Supreme Court justice as soon as another vacancy opens up, quite possibly the seat held now by Ginsburg.