(UnitedVoice.com) – Democrats are increasingly desperate to derail Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Senate Judiciary Committee hearings began October 12 with opening statements, and she is expected to face tough questioning by Democratic committee members — or is she?
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told Fox & Friends he thought Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had it right when he predicted the Democrats wouldn’t go toe-to-toe with Barrett because they didn’t have “anything that’s useful” to say to her.
So, What Should We Expect From the Democrats?
According to Gingrich, Democrats are likely to take a kid glove approach when questioning Barrett directly. They already established the pattern during opening statements when they did everything they could to avoid confronting Barrett directly.
Instead, they lashed out at the nomination process and President Donald Trump, and they tried to connect Barrett to the future of Obamacare and abortion rights.
Gingrich also stated the Democrats are “sort of trapped right now” regarding how to handle Barrett. She’s successfully raised seven children, had an exemplary record as an appeals court judge and graduated first in her class.
Additionally, Democrats are hamstrung by prior failures, like their shotgun approach to questioning Brett Kavanaugh. As Gingrich pointed out, Democrats learned from their 2018 election losses in the Senate, “if you’re really nasty, you hurt yourself.”
Wrapping up his analysis, Gingrich predicted Democrats would go out of their way to appear “dignified” and “intellectual” when questioning Barrett.
The Bottom Line
There’s little doubt the Republican-led Senate will confirm Barrett’s nomination before the November 3 election. A vote on her confirmation is already scheduled in the Senate Judiciary Committee for the morning of October 15 before the conclusion of her confirmation hearings.
As per committee rules, that means formal confirmation by the committee would take place a week later on October 22, setting up a final vote on the Senate floor sometime the week of October 26.
It’s up to Democrats to decide how to approach Barrett’s confirmation. The operative question remains: “Are they able to learn from the past?”
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