In an unusual Saturday session in the Senate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), confirmed her support for the addition of Judge Amy Coney Barrett by further strengthening the Republican vote for Monday when the final vote will confirm the judge’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
While Murkowski is one of two senators who oppose the Senate accepting a Supreme Court nominee so close to the election, according to Fox News, the senator admitted losing the procedural battle and acknowledges having no choice but to accept the judge’s nomination, arguing that her abilities are worthy of the role she will have to play.
“I will be a yes,” Murkowski said Saturday, Oct. 24, in a floor speech. “I have no doubt about her intellect. I have no doubt about Judge Barrett’s judicial temperament. I have no doubt about her capability to do the job—and to do it well.”
The Republicans have a 53-vote majority in the Senate. Only two Republican senators, Murkowski and Susan Collins, said they did not favor Barrett’s nomination before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
With Murkowski’s recent announcement, the Republicans have reached 52 positive votes. Monday will be when the final vote and subsequent confirmation of Barrett as a justice is supposed to take place.
“I have come to the conclusion that she is the kind of person we want at the Supreme Court,” said Murkowski.
Democrats, who fiercely opposed Barrett’s confirmation, boycotted the Judiciary Committee vote Thursday, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) carried out several tactics to delay the vote on Friday in the Senate as well, including forcing a rare closed session usually reserved only for national security issues.
Senate Minority Leader Schumer made it clear that they will continue to fight to prevent Barrett’s confirmation to the court. He opened Friday’s Senate session by calling for a quorum vote, one of the delaying tactics available to him.
Schumer then called a closed session, which meant that the press and public withdrew from the chamber and the senators met in secret.
Even before Justice Ginsburg’s death, the Democrats began their efforts to block a possible Barrett nomination.
Schumer, who promised to use “every tool” to delay Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, began his strategy weeks ago by assuring that in the presence of the CCP Virus, it is not a good time to confirm the nomination because of the risks of meeting in session, according to Fox News earlier this month.
During the vice presidential debate, Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) also made an unsubstantiated claim against Barrett. The judge nominated by President Trump really scares the left. She is recognized throughout her career for being impeccable at reading the Constitution, making a literal analysis of the laws, reproducing the model of her late and former boss, Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Republicans, who have the most votes, expect even more protests and legal gimmicks from the Democrats over the weekend to continue delaying the judge’s confirmation, but they remain optimistic that they have the 52 votes needed to confirm Barrett during the final vote on Monday.
Judge Barrett is regarded in justice circles as a brilliant legal-minded person who possesses a fair and impartial approach, a temperament of utmost rectitude, and a deep respect for the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.