My VIP for this week is Amy Coney Barrett, the newest Justice to join the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate voted along party lines – 52-48 – to confirm her nomination at 8:00 P.M., and less than two hours later at 9:15 P.M. Justice Clarence Thomas officiated as she took the official constitutional oath of office at the White House. She will be administered the judicial oath on Tuesday in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court. Then she will take her place as a Justice on the Supreme Court.
Barrett is the 115th Justice to
be confirmed to the Supreme Court and the 5th woman. By all
accounts, she is highly qualified for the position, and she will bring a different
viewpoint to the Court. She is the only conservative woman on the Court and the
only mother of school-age children on the Court.
Liberals and Conservatives alike should
rejoice at the idea of a constitutionalist being confirmed to the Supreme
Court, but Democrats are throwing a temper tantrum at the audacity of President
Donald Trump for make the nomination and of Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell for holding the confirmation vote. However, those who do rejoice at a
constitutionalist being joining the court will like her statement.
The oath that I have solemnly taken
tonight means, at its core, that I will do my job without any fear or favor,
and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own
preferences. I love the Constitution and the democratic republic that it
establishes, and I will devote myself to preserving it.
I do not ask more of her, and no one
else should either. She is young at only 48 years of age, so she should have 20
to 30 years on the bench – at least. If she lives as long as Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, who died at age 87 years, Barrett could be there for 40 years. I feel
good about her appointment and confident in her ability to make constitutional