Judge Barrett: “What sane person would go through [the Confirmation Process] if there was not a benefit on the other side?”
Day two of Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearing is winding to a close. Unsurprisingly, there were few surprises. Most Senators lack the ability to deviate from scripted questions, and Judge Barrett is smart enough to avoid disqualifying answers. This hearing is like the easiest faculty workshop Professor Barrett would ever have to sit through.
But on a few occasions, Senators asked more personal questions, where Judge Barrett was allowed to shine. One such exchange occurred at the tail-end of Chairman Graham’s time. He asked “How does it feel to be nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States?”
ACB’s answer to Graham’s question on how it feels to be nominated to the Supreme Court is pretty tremendous. pic.twitter.com/ZuvGCl4iOG
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) October 13, 2020
Judge Barrett responded (my best attempt at a transcript):
Well, Senator, I have tried to be on a media blackout for the sake of my mental health, but you cannot keep yourself walled off from everything. I am aware of the caricatures floating around. I think what I would like to say in response to that question is that I have made distinct choices. I decided to pursue a career and have a large family. I have a multiracial family, our faith is important to us. All of those things are true, but they are my choices. In my personal interactions with people, I have a life brimming with people who have made different choices and I have never tried to impose my choices on them. The same is true professionally. I apply the law and Senator, I think I should say why I’m sitting in the seat. Why I have agreed to be here. I do not think it is any secret to any of you or the American people this is a really difficult, some might say excruciating, process. Jesse and I had a very brief amount of time to make a decision with momentous consequences for our family. We knew that our lives would be combed over for any negative detail. We knew our faith would be caricatured. Our family would be attacked. And so we had to decide whether those
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