Vacancy Watch: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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AUDIENCE OF ONE PARTY: Amy Coney Barrett was on Capitol Hill today to meet with the Senate Republican leaders who will be rushing through her confirmation to the Supreme Court. Senate Democrats — including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and Sens. Mazie Hirono (HI), Richard Blumenthal (CT), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) — indicated that they didn’t need to bother meeting with Barrett because everything about her nomination was illegitimate:
NONSENSE PENCE: Following this morning’s Hill visit, Vice President Mike Pence claimed that “the Senate has an opportunity…for a fair and respectful consideration hearing.” Of course, there’s nothing fair about stealing a Supreme Court seat and nothing respectful about violating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish by confirming someone with Barrett’s disturbing record on health care, reproductive freedom, and civil rights.
WISCONSIN WARNING SIGN: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, on which Amy Coney Barrett currently sits, issued an order Sunday that would make it harder for the people of Wisconsin to have their votes counted. A lower court had ruled that ballots postmarked by Election Day could be counted if they are received within six days, but the Seventh Circuit’s order overrides that flexibility. No explanation was given, nor were the judges who issued the order named. Only two of the judges on the court were appointed by Democratic presidents; four were appointed by Trump, who has said he hopes Barrett joins the Supreme Court in time to rule in his favor on potential election challenges.
MIKE LEE SPELLS IT OUT: In one short Sunday show clip, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) basically admitted he’s counting on Amy Coney Barrett to overturn Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act:
OLIVER FOR ALL OF US: On this week’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver lays out what’s at stake in this Supreme Court fight. A must-watch segment:
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