Dan Henninger, Fox News contributor, joins ‘America’s Newsroom.’

As outside groups are ramping up their efforts in the intensifying fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, 150 liberal groups signed a letter Tuesday asking senators to oppose the nominee.

The letter was organized by The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, which regularly fiercely opposes President Trump’s judicial appointments. But the Leadership Conference’s letters are usually signed just by its CEO, Vanita Gupta, and the large number of groups backing the letter is a sign of the organized resistance by left-leaning groups against the nominee — just as right-leaning groups are redoubling their efforts to support Barrett.

“Judge Barrett’s extreme record on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, along with her ideologically driven writings and speeches, demonstrate that she is incapable of rendering equal justice under law,” the letter read. It continued to say that Barrett would be biased on issues from abortion, employment discrimination, gay rights, immigration, gun control and more.


“In sum, Judge Barrett is an ideological extremist who lacks the fair-mindedness necessary to serve a lifetime appointment at the highest level of the branch of government charged with making the ultimate decisions about our rights, freedoms, liberties, and the meaning of our laws and Constitution,” the letter continued. “She should not be confirmed to the highest court in the land.”

Meanwhile, conservative groups like the Judicial Crisis Network are organizing their efforts to back Barrett. It expects to spend $10 million throughout her confirmation process and has already done two seven-figure ad buys. One ad from late last month appeared in key states of vulnerable or moderate Republican senators who may be swing votes on Barrett’s confirmation, including Colorado, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina and Utah.

“Courts are not arenas for politics. You are not there to decide cases as you may prefer,” Barrett says in previous remarks packaged in the ad. “You are there to do your duty and to follow the law wherever it may take you.”


And minutes after the Leadership Conference letter was released Tuesday, the Senate Republican caucus released their own digital ad, which was tweeted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

“President Trump made an outstanding choice in Judge Amy Coney Barrett. She is one of the finest legal minds of her generation,” McConnell said. “She’s won national admiration for her example of strong female leadership. She’s exactly the kind of person Americans deserve on their highest Court.”

Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm Barrett before the month is out, but they’ve had to adjust their playbook after three Senate Republicans tested positive for the coronavirus last week. They’ve moved the Barrett confirmation hearings, set to start Oct. 12, to a hybrid in-person and virtual format over the objections of Democrats.

When the GOP senators recover from the disease will be key, however, as Senate floor votes are required to be taken in-person. If any Republican senators are still sick by the time McConnell schedules a floor vote on Barrett, it could complicate matters.

Nevertheless, Republicans have expressed confidence they’ll have the in-person votes when the time comes, with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who tested positive for the virus, swearing on the Denver area talk station KHOW Monday that he would show up in a “moon suit” if he needs to. Democrats, however, have called the Republicans’ push ahead with the Barrett confirmation “reckless” both in regard to the virtual hearings — which the Senate has used regularly for months — and the coronavirus cases in their caucus.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Former top NSC official alleges politicization in review of Bolton book

A former top National Security Council career official who initially reviewed former national security adviser John Bolton’s book manuscript has accused Trump Administration officials of “extraordinary” politicized intervention in the pre-publication review process, according to a major new filing in…

Trump campaign slams Obama’s Biden endorsement: ‘Even Bernie Sanders beat him to it’

The Trump Administration’s response to coronavirus has been criticized by both Democratic Presidential candidates. Here is how former VP Joe Biden would fight the disease officially known as COVID-19. The Trump campaign argued Tuesday that former President Barack Obama was forced…

House blocks impeachment resolution

The House overwhelmingly blocked a vote to move ahead with articles of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday, after Democratic Texas Rep. Al Green introduced the measure on Tuesday evening. The vote was 332 to 95, with most Democrats voting…

Biden says he would restore pre-Hobby Lobby contraceptive mandate in wake of Little Sisters ruling

Judge Andrew Napolitano analyzes the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor in the ObamaCare contraceptive case Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was one of many on the left to express dismay at the…