Last evening, Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court.
To say that the nomination and confirmation were controversial is perhaps an understatement. Coney Barrett is an orthodox Roman Catholic and opponent of infanticide; she succeeds Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a reliable vote for Moloch’s interests and most other forms of deviant behavior. The confirmation took place in the shadow of a presidential election that is viewed as an existential one by many of us.
While it is safe to say that no one knows how a Justice will vote once they are seated on the Supreme Court, Coney Barrett’s writings, background, and decisions while on the Seventh Circuit give us great hope that she will be a justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia.
When she was sworn in, Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath.
Watch Justice Clarence Thomas swear in Justice Amy Coney Barrett. pic.twitter.com/gHH7nkZjxO
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 27, 2020
This not only provoked some howls of outrage from the left.
It took Justice Barrett seconds to disgrace herself after being sworn in. She participated in a campaign rally at the White House and undermined the integrity, independence and trustworthiness of the US SUPREME COURT. Her judgement is appalling.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) October 27, 2020
Yes, I know that Schmidt styles himself as something other than the pathetic loser he really is, but if he isn’t on the left, there is no longer a left in this country.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the S.C. to empower people of color. Clarence Thomas was put on to disempower people of color. RBG was on the court to empower women. Barrett is on the court to disempower women. The white male patriarch stays in power.
— David Kingsley (@DavePhD_CHIP) October 27, 2020
And Kavanaugh is one of now THREE SCOTUS Republicans who worked for Bush on Bush v Gore and one of two who were credibly accused of sexual abuse. The other one, Clarence Thomas, swore in Bush helpmeet, WH covid party star guest & trusty election thief Amy Coney Barrett yesterday. https://t.co/3fTPFEs5Jb
— Joy VOTE & MASK UP!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) October 27, 2020
Clarence Thomas has been voting against black ppl on the supreme court for 30 years bc he holds deep resentment from his yale classmates calling him an affirmative action admit. Here he is swearing in an affirmative action hire. She's white though, so it's okay. Odale https://t.co/avQJoX0QsC
— Rafat Sanni (@raesanni) October 27, 2020
There may have been some low-level trolling going on in the bargain.
Dark of night. No anti-#covid masks even from the guy who had it and was saved by your tax dollars. No safe distancing. #StolenJustice sworn in by Clarence Thomas. You are being Trolled by Trump. Please #vote accordingly. pic.twitter.com/FT9SNLZWqu
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) October 27, 2020
Another such signal is having Clarence Thomas swear her in. https://t.co/yCvshHFWZt
— Amy Fried (@ASFried) October 27, 2020
And there was definitely payback:
POETIC JUSTICE @JoeBiden was the committee chairman who launched the “high-tech lynching” against then Judge Clarence Thomas.
Guess who President @realDonaldTrump asked to swear in new SCOTUS Justice, Amy Coney Barrett tonight?
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) October 26, 2020
Wait. How could Thomas now be de facto Chief Justice?
I don’t think any of us have been terribly enamored with the performance of Chief Justice John Roberts. From his initial betrayal of the law to salvage ObamaCare, his behavior has been more and more akin to someone seeking the plaudits of the mainstream media and Democrat power structure than those of a man devoted to the preservation of the Constitution. Recently Roberts has acted to save DACA; he’s refused to allow Second Amendment cases to come before the court; he’s been hostile to challenges to abortion; he ruled in favor of Nevada’s Democrat establishment in allowing casinos to have greater rights to operate than churches; and, he voted to recognize sexual proclivity as a protected class under federal employment law.
His public feud with President Trump over his very mundane observation that judges appointed by Barack Obama were carrying out what appeared to be an organized campaign of lawfare against the administration seemed designed to curry favor with the left and build his Resistance bonafides. Read:
No less a source than fivethirtyeight.com has documented how Roberts’s voting pattern is looking very much like that of Anthony Kennedy. In fact, again, according to fivethirtyeight.com, Roberts voted with Kagan just as often as he did with Alito.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have a cohesive four justice bloc–Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Thomas–that seems to have few qualms about upholding the Constitution even if a few sacred cows turn into hamburger in the process. Thomas appears to be providing the potential targets. For instance, he laid out a roadmap for bringing the political and viewpoint censorship by tech companies under control.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The controversial law that grants social media platforms sweeping protection from user-generated content is in the spotlight again. https://t.co/ND2X6n3T0x
— ISSA Los Angeles (@issala) October 20, 2020
With a fifth conservative justice and a plea for relevant cases, Thomas could make this happen. Thomas has voted with the minority on abortion cases. Coney Barrett could make Thomas’s opinions the law of the land. If Thomas does, in fact, end up as leading the winning voting coalition, as the senior justice, he decides who writes the opinion.
— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) October 26, 2020
Again, one doesn’t know how much opinions are driven by knowing they are the minority, and one doesn’t know how justices may vote when the dynamic on the court changes. But, if past is prologue, we may have just seen the end of the Roberts Court and the beginning of the Thomas Court, and the only way Roberts will have any relevance will be to vote with the five conservative justices.