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Tue Oct 13, 2020, 08:06 AM

This isn't a confirmation. It's a referendum on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

Opinion by Dana Milbank

Super sleuth Ted Cruz went Arthur Conan Doyle for Amy Coney Barrett.

The Texas Republican and agent provocateur of the Senate announced during Monday’s opening day of confirmation hearings for Judge Barrett that he had cracked the case.

“Let me observe, as Sherlock Holmes famously observed, that what speaks the loudest is the dog that didn’t bark,” he said, “which is, to date, of every Democrat who’s spoken, we’ve heard virtually not a single word about Judge Barrett!”

Egad, Watson!

“We’ve heard very little about the nominee who is here and whose confirmation we’re hearing,” our detective added.
A curious incident, indeed — but why? The answer is elementary.

Democrats weren’t talking about Barrett because this confirmation isn’t about Barrett; Republicans have already declared they have the votes to ram her through, without hearings if necessary. The confirmation, rather, is to be a decisive vote about the future of the Supreme Court, and whether that august body will shed its last vestige of legitimacy and credibility.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/12/confirmation-hearings-arent-about-barrett-theyre-about-supreme-court-legitimacy/

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Reply This isn't a confirmation. It's a referendum on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court. (Original post)
Zorro Oct 13 OP
malthaussen Oct 13 #1

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Tue Oct 13, 2020, 11:36 AM

1. "Referendum," forsooth?

To the contrary, this farce is clearly no referendum, as the voice of The People is immaterial in its outcome. Even more so, it says more about the Senate than the Court, although what it says about the Court is what the Senate wants it to say.

-- Mal

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