I have not watched any coverage of the Senate questioning Amy Coney Barrett. I have read a few articles and listened to the highlights from the podcasts I listen to through out the day. It’s not that I’m not interested in her appointment to court. It’s that I know a foregone conclusion when I see it.
The Senate will likely appoint Judge Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. It doesn’t matter that she, who considers herself an originalist, couldn’t answer the five freedoms protected by the First amendment. It doesn’t matter that she has little or no record of actually litigating cases. It really doesn’t matter what she says at this point. I watched parts of the Brett Cavanaugh confirmation. She could yell, scream spit and cry, and she probably would still be appointed to the court. (I said probably because that kind of behavior is less tolerable coming from a woman.)
I do not want to downplay the role of Supreme Court in anyway. The Court has shaped what America looks like today, and it will certainly shape what we look like in the future. But my point is simply this. Very few of us will ever be party to a case that reaches the high court. However, sooner or later, we will all face the ultimate judge.
This judge doesn’t just write opinions. He doesn’t just interpret the law. He himself, is the fulfillment of the law. His judgment is final, and too few of us are more concerned about this confirmation hearing, than we are preparing for our own big day in court. One is highly likely. The other is inevitable. We probably should be prepared for both.