Senate Shows Hypocrisy in Appointing New Supreme Court Justice

On October 27, 2020, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States by the senate after being nominated by President Donald Trump.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated on September 29, 2020 to fill in the seat at the Supreme Court after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The senate voted 52-48 confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. I believe that the senate should have waited until the election had finished to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice and shouldn’t have just rushed to fill in the empty seat.

In 2016 Senator Mitch McConnell refused to vote on Obama’s nomination of an individual to replace a Supreme Court justice during an election. “All we are doing is following the long-standing tradition of not fulfilling a nomination in the middle of a presidential year,” said McConnell on March 20, 2016, on “Fox News Sunday.” Now the statement seems hypocritical considering the fact that he was one of the individuals who pushed for Amy Coney Barrett to be appointed in the middle of the 2020 election.

The whole process of searching for a new court justice, making sure that the nominee is a good choice, and then deciding to vote on whether they will be appointed seems to be rushed in this situation. Especially given the circumstances for this decision to be made during an election and a week before a whole new president was elected is a questionable choice. I believe that more time should have been spent looking for other potential Supreme Court justices. Even with the background that Amy Coney Barrett has, there could have been others who were more suited for the job or could have made the two political wings of the Supreme Court more even.

“I fear we as a nation have not fully reckoned with the impact that a 6-3 conservative court will have on so many aspects of our lives,” stated Delaware Senator Chris Coons.

For a liberal Supreme Court justice to be replaced by a conservative one now makes the conservative wing the majority on the Supreme Court by 6-3. At such a time with so much political tension the senate should have waited until after the election in order to have a full understanding of what could happen with an unbalanced Supreme Court. This could heavily affect future cases and might feel as a shock to most Americans after the influence of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” said Ruth Bader Ginsberg to her granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death.

The reason why Ruth Bader Ginsberg had wished this was because she knew of the impact that her death would have on the Supreme Court and on how it would affect the country as a whole if her seat was filled as quickly as it was. Other nominees should have been considered or the Senate should have at least spent more time to see if Amy Coney Barrett was the correct candidate. And the overall outcome for the Supreme Court should have also been looked over more.