Judge Barrett, Trump’s nominee for Justice, is going to be a tough nut to crack, insists Roger Kimball in American Greatness. “Her personal history is an open book of service and commitment.”
A Careful Model of Originalism
Although Judge Barrett has served only three years on the federal bench, she seems an exemplar of this model of protecting the constitutional order, adds the WSJ.
Her scholarly and judicial writings place her at the center of the mainstream consensus on the judge’s role as an arbiter, not a lawmaker, who abides by the duty to enforce the law as written.
Judge Barrett’s Reasoning
At the White House on Saturday, Judge Barrett said her legal principles are those of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she clerked. This could be dismissed as a rote genuflection to the revered Scalia, but her opinions and scholarship suggest she means it.
Mr. Kimball admires Judge Barrett for many things, especially her commitment to family.
(Amy Barrett) has seven children, two of whom are adopted from Haiti, and the youngest of whom has Down syndrome.
Bizarrely, the Left has seized on this aspect of Barrett’s life, especially her adoption of two “children of color,” as grounds for criticism.
Someone on Twitter speculated about whether the adoption process in Haiti was on the up and up. But it took a professional race hustler to crank up the absurdity to genuinely woke proportions.
Ibram X. Kendi, né Henry Rogers, author of the bestselling How to Be an Antiracist, really got the ball rolling with a Twitter thread that began with this declaration:
Some White colonizers “adopted” Black children. They “civilized” these “savage” children in the “superior” ways of White people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial, while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture of humanity.
From Senator Cotton (R-ARK), referencing the expansion of the Republican majority in the Senate, while neglecting the Democrats’ victories in the House:
“In 2018, we had about as clear a national referendum as we could. It was a clear mandate for a Republican Senate to continue confirming this president’s outstanding judicial nominees — and that’s what we’re going to do to Judge Barrett next month.”
As NPR notes, John Kennedy (R-LA) opined:
“We have a Republican president. We have a Republican Senate. If the shoe were on the other foot, I can assure you Sen. [Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer would do what the Republicans are doing right now.”