Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett Is Not Illegitimate [OPINION]
Judge Amy Coney Barett is now an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Coney Barrett is a Catholic and the first mother of school-aged children ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. If the left wing would only wipe the partisanship from their eyes, they might appreciate the historic significance of the moment.
The U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Coney Barrett on a mostly party-line 52-48 vote with only Maine Republican Susan Collins siding with the Democrats. Collins is in a tough reelection battle and decided to put politics ahead of principle.
The Democrats have whined and whimpered throughout the process. They call the nomination illegitimate, and some even say it was illegal. The words are nothing more than political rhetoric by sore losers who were out-gamed by their opponents. The process was completely legitimate and totally legal. In fact, it was required by law under the United States Constitution.
The Democrats insist that the nomination should have been made by whoever wins next week's presidential election to give the people a chance to weigh in. The people did weigh in by electing a Republican president and a Republican senate. The Democrats don't like the results of those elections so they want to change the rules.
Many Democratic senators walked out after last night's vote – a childish move that shows utter disdain for the rule of law and the Constitution.
Amy Coney Barrett was nominated and seated on the U.S. Supreme Court in a process that was completely above board and completely legal. Her appointment to the high court is legitimate and I look forward to her serving there for many years to come.
Our Democrat friends need to grow up and learn to behave like adults.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.