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Like A Boss: Top Five ACB Confirmation Hearing Moments

Like A Boss: Top Five ACB Confirmation Hearing Moments

Barrett was articulate, unflappable, knowledgeable, and on point throughout the hearings and all without a single note

The confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett were held this week, and what a week it was.

Barrett was articulate, unflappable, knowledgeable, and on point throughout the hearings.

Here are my picks for her top five ‘like a boss’ moments:

#5: Reminds Amy Klobuchar there is no Roe v. Wade “super-precedent”

Klobuchar kept hammering the same thing, and ACB responded like a boss.

Watch as AmyK understands and (reluctantly) accepts that she’s out-gunned.

#4: She’s A Meaningful Mentor And An Inspiration

Moving testimony by those who have worked for and been inspired by ACB touched me . . . and I am not a fan of politicians with “this family of five had to share the same set of false teeth because capitalism!” stories.  This wasn’t that.  Watch:

#3: “I’m committed to the rule of law”

ACB’s response to Sen. Lindsey Graham is ten kinds of awesome.

#2: “I have my own mind”

That’s why the left—and even some on the right—fear her.  Having her own mind is a good thing, though.   And that she wiped the floor with Chris Coons in making the point is an added bonus.

#1: ACB Holds up blank notebook

Throughout the hearings, Barrett flawlessly cited case law, Court precedent, and legal principles on any and every matter put before her.  And she did it all without notes.

Notes? Notebooks? Piles of books? Like a boss, ACB doesn’t need any stinking notes.

It was the moment that launched a thousand memes.  This one is my very favorite.


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Barrett’s seating isn’t critical because it will swing the court further to the right. It’s critical because she would become, from all appearances, the first female justice in decades who won’t automatically rule along leftist lines, or consistently place her own ideology over the Constitution and the intended role of SCOTUS. I would like a more conservative court. But I also recognize that what is needed most is a court without justices who are incapable of setting aside their own political feelings. And for all the ballyhoo, weeping and canonizing, Ginsburg failed miserably to do her job as established by our founding fathers.

    c0cac0la in reply to Dagwood. | October 18, 2020 at 3:26 am

    Not critical but important enough. It renders Roberts impotent. Especially on big cases, where he decides he wants to swing.

JusticeDelivered | October 17, 2020 at 7:48 pm

She is a very sharp lady,I wonder if she has a photographic memory.

My favorite moment was when Senator Kennedy of Louisiana asked ACB about the comments made by the BUTTHEAD Professor about her family.

You know you are getting old when a Supreme Court justice looks really young. Sigh…..

The Friendly Grizzly | October 17, 2020 at 8:54 pm

I loved that moment with the scratch pad and her reply about the letterhead.

I am only surprised that President Trump had held off on nominating her and instead giving the slot to Kavanaugh. It’s not like it was a certainty that RBG would die giving him this chance.

She is so composed. I guess her having so many children has given her the patience to deal with some of these idiots in Congress.

    puhiawa in reply to oldgoat36. | October 18, 2020 at 3:30 am

    Trump wanted to. But was told that she would face less resistance if she had to go through the process before the SCOTUS hearings. It was good advice.

    Ghostrider in reply to oldgoat36. | October 18, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    When you think about it, it’s a wonder the Democrats didn’t seek or at least try to disqualify ACB from nomination over the number of times she gave speeches to various academic forums in her capacity as a Notre Dame Law School professor.

    The reason being is that by doing so she was guilty of expressing free speech without getting arrested.

what it might have said
feinstein- don’t ask for hairdressers name
leahy- it’s not gravel in his mouth, nobody can understand him
durbin- he yells at homeless people on the streets
whitehouse- even his family avoids him during the holidays
coons- yss , he is the dumb
blumenthal- don’t ask about viet nam
klobucher- be alert for flying staplers
hirono- it’s not you, she hates everybody
booker- still holding out for an off broadway call back
harris- don’t ask if the scarring around the knees will fade away at some point

Cornyn: “Is there anything on it?”

ACB: “The letterhead that says US Senate.”

Well, it shows she ain’t no Leonardo. He would have been able to fend off intellectual lightweights like Senators while simultaneously filling up that page with sketches of flying machines, diving suits and siege engines. An inspiration to rocket scientists everywhere, but also a serious threat to any blank sheet of paper within reach.

    Come on, you know that *any* scribble or word she wrote on the paper, even if done in Greek or Shorthand, would have been photographed and analyzed extensively by the vast quantities of Journalism majors who just happen to also be experts in Greek and Shorthand, and their bizarre interpretations would have become the story instead of Amy’s stellar performance.

      tom_swift in reply to georgfelis. | October 18, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      Oh, I’m not saying she played it wrong. I’m saying that in my world it would be unusual to see someone sit through droning speechifying by senators without trying to do something productive—or at least semi-interesting—with the time. And that’s just one of many reasons why neither I nor any of my professional colleagues would ever be nominated to the Court.

You look at Barrett, you look at every cabinet member in the Trump administration – except Barr: all doing great work.

Barr and Sessions are exceptional scumbags, who sold out their country.

    Add Wray, who apparently sat on this new Hunter Biden info since last year, which Tucker Carlson reported is accurate, confirmed with an addressee on the email distribution list (and not denied by Joe). Also add Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller. Trump selected these people, after evidently not paying attention to the historical lessons of RFK with JFK or Holder with Obama to pick an AG – like Chris Christie would have been – that he could be 100% sure of.

Here is my #6 …. No matter how she votes on cases in the future, I came away from watching all of it with the view that she is supremely well qualified; and with the judicial view, temperament and integrity to deliver excellent opinions, even when they might not agree 100% with what I might like. Furthermore, I even have some hope that she can bring a degree of leadership, collegiality and warmth to the court that will set a good example for the whole country. Of course, if Biden wins, this is all possibly a pipedream (if we get court packing with the likes of Stacey Abrams).

That said, I think her comments about “severability” suggest to me that she will uphold ObamaCare, which Trump may complain about, if still in office.

    amwick in reply to jb4. | October 18, 2020 at 8:59 am

    TY… jb4, great points.

    just one more, I think she is and will be an exceptional teacher/mentor. It left me with some hope for the future.

a genuine alpha female–a credit to her family and her profession

a welcome and appropriate addition to scotus

Finally someone on the court outside of the dc, nyc, ivy league bubble. there is more to america than the i-95 beltway echo chamber