Conservative Court Nominees FINALLY Getting Approved by Senate

(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) After complaints from conservative movement leaders about U.S. Senate inactivity, the Senate is moving resolutely this week to confirm a series of President Trump’s judicial nominees, including one that Democrats had tried to block because she dared to express faithful Catholicism.

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In all, the Senate is expected to confirm five nominees either this week or very early next week, and the Judiciary Committee next week is expected to approve five others that then will be sent to the full Senate for confirmation. Of the first five either already or soon to be confirmed by the full Senate, four are nominees to powerful circuit appeals courts.

Two of those five already have been confirmed as of this writing. One is Trevor McFadden, approved for a district court judgeship in Washington D.C. The other is the one attacked for her Catholicism, Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett, who now will join the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees cases in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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During committee consideration of Barrett’s nomination in September, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein alleged, disapprovingly, that Barrett’s record indicates that “the dogma lives loudly within you.  “And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country.”

Feinstein also called Barrett “controversial” because she supposedly has “a long history of believing that your religious beliefs should prevail.”

This was at least the third time Feinstein had raised objections to the Catholic faith of nominees. In 2003, she criticized nominee William Pryor of Alabama for quoting St. Thomas Aquinas in a commencement address to his Catholic alma mater; And in 2005 she wondered aloud if John Roberts, nominated to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, would “address the issues of conscience out of a focus on the national interests, not out of adherence to the dictates of [your] religion.”

Feinstein was hardly the only Democrat to make an issue of Barrett’s faith, as if traditionalist faith is somehow a disqualification for office. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Al Franken of Minnesota (less directly), and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii specifically worried about Barrett’s faith-based values, with Hirono repeatedly asserting to Barrett that “what you believe the role of religion was” seemed to run afoul of some supposed standard of judging.

All of these questions stemmed largely from a law review article Barrett wrote years ago in which she said that if, in a rare case, a judge feels something in a case somehow disallows her from ruling impartially because of her faith, then the judge might need to recuse herself from that case – which, of course, is just the opposite of somehow allowing a faith conflict to unfairly affect her judging.

After the smoke cleared, though, the Senate finally confirmed Barrett, a professor with a reputation for brilliance, in a 55-43 vote on Tuesday evening.

The same evening, the Senate voted to limit debate on Joan Larsen, a Michigan Supreme Court justice who is a nominee for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. That move sets the stage for Larsen to be confirmed on Wednesday. As he did with Barrett, Sen. Whitehouse had suggested that Larsen’s faith beliefs would somehow harm her ability to be a fair-minded judge. To suggest otherwise, he said, is “so preposterous as to be silly.”

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After Larsen (presumably) is confirmed, the Senate is expected to approve Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid and Penn State law professor Stephanos Bibas to the 10th and 3rd circuits, respectively.

The confirmations earned praise and celebrations not just from conservatives but also from liberal-leaning Catholic leaders (and of course conservative ones, too) who had been stunned and upset by the Democrats’ line of questioning.

“The full Senate rejected their attempt to hang a ‘Catholics need not apply’ sign outside the Senate chamber when it considers candidates to the judiciary. We applaud the Senate’s rejection of anti-Catholic bigotry and confirmation of Amy Barrett’s nomination to the 7th Circuit court of appeals,” said Legal Advisor Andrea Picciotti-Bayer of the Catholic Association.”

Conservative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas also celebrated the confirmations even though “today in this Senate, we have seen repeatedly nominees grilled not for their qualifications, not for their record, but for their faith.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who had come under fire from conservatives for not advancing judicial nominees quickly enough, had said earlier in the week that he was proud to move the nominees forward.

“By confirming these nominees, we can take a big step toward restoring our nation’s courts to their proper role: interpreting and applying the law based on what it actually says, not what a judge wishes it might say,” he explained.

Conservatives repeatedly have credited McConnell for his leadership in keeping a Supreme Court seat open during the entire election year of 2016, rather than let then-President Barack Obama fill it. The result was that President Trump was able to appoint the highly regarded Neil Gorsuch to the nation’s top court.

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  • Diana Perkinson

    About time, McConnell. And Dianne Feinstein – how does respecting your religious roots – Catholic – differ from your respect for your religious roots – Judaism? Would you even consider making the same comments should Amy Barrett be Jewish? A resounding NO.

    • Naval Lint

      Keep in mind that Feinstein is a globalist. Her religion is absolute control. Her god is Big Government. People like that are not to dissimilar to jihadists, in that they deny anyone else the right to their own beliefs.

  • Louie Rey

    If Trump’s behind it then the Left is against it no matter what it is. So this is very good news that finally, after a very long wait, these nominees will get their day in court, no pun intended.

    • kbfallon

      It’s not just the left Louie…..we expect that from them…’s the F-ing Rinos who have refused to help Trump’s agenda and have cost us votes needed to pass laws we need.

      • Joe samo

        Get informed of the rinos in your area and vote them out…replacing them with solid conservatives.

      • Louie Rey

        You just reminded me of something that Rush Limbaugh said a couple of weeks ago when referring to the RINOs. The topic was the Left’s efforts to undermine ANYTHING Trump when he said that there are many in the GOP who feel the same way because if he succeeds it would just show how ineffective and feckless the GOP has been for OVER THIRTY YEARS!

    • Naval Lint

      President Trump needs to get the 9th Circuit Court broken up, as well! Those scum are WAY too powerful!

      • Louie Rey

        Their power resides with the fact that THEY always seem to be the Circuit Court that these efforts and proposals, such as the travel ban, that renders a judgement on. The good news though is that their decisions are overruled by something like 84% of the time. So, in essence, it’s just a massive waste of time and taxpayer money as these decisions are reheard. But I’m with you, if they can be removed then I’m all for it.

      • Ron

        Broken up would be good. Fired would be better.

  • Floyd B

    Why does Sen. Diane Feinstein have so much hatred for the Catholic Church? Amy Coney Barrett was just approved to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals despite Feinstein who votes against anyone who is a Catholic. Shame on you for your religious hatred Sen Feinstein!

  • Marion Quinton

    What they should be banning is atheist from The Courts and from holding any Congressional Office.

    • Paul

      They should also ban Muslims.

    • kep

      Just liberal communists.

  • BatGuanna

    I was not aware the Jewish religion hated the Catholics, or is it just Feinstein. She and some of the other women politicians / Democratic party affiliates are making the remainder of the intelligent women in the world look bad due to their politically based un-educated prejudices. This is sickening!

    • Gregg Parker

      They hate everybody and only approve of terrorists… er.. I mean constituents…

  • Kevin Soravilla

    What a joke. Catholics are criticized and told they are not to hold a judicial seat yet atheists are given an ok. What a unbelievable joke and mockery. Let’s keep the atheists and continue with the murder of the innocents and the moral decline of our society.

  • Conservative?

    See blog article “Right, Left, and Center: Who Gets to Decide?” at

  • The objective for conservatives are judges who will abide by the constitution based on what it says, not what is “intent”. All judges have some stance on religion. Religion can be nothing more than a statement of acceptance and not a real gut belief. Others are naturally fixed in their beliefs. But what does the constitution actually say? Other than the First Amendment, no other of the Bill of Rights amendments even mentions religion. The body of the constitution is purely secular, which is why Jefferson urged the inclusion of a Bill of Rights.

  • Richard Murvin

    we need more judges like Amy Barrett maybe this country will embrace God again

  • michael schimanski

    What about the slimes that they have appointed to the courts ???

  • Harry Pearson

    I seriously have to wonder if the Democrat Senators are meeting somewhere and smoking some wacky-backy before they make these statements. Mazie Hirono is a classic example of “Huh?” saying that a judge recusing him/herself from a case due to religious conflicts somehow equates to running “afoul of some supposed standard of judging”?!?! First of all, is there a standard here, and if so, who’s standard is it? Secondly, how could a judge recusing from a case in any manner violate anyone’s standard? Or is it that Mazie doesn’t know what recuse means?

    • brooksmd

      Don’t suppose they’d ask SCOTUS judge Kagan to recuse herself from any LGBT cases.

  • Marion Quinton

    thank you paul. Yes Ban Muslims

  • splicerman

    need to get rid of all the Judges obummer appointed that are blocking ever move that the POTUS Trump is trying t put forth

  • SA Ander

    When the RINOs start using every tool avaialble to get President Trump’s nominees put in place, I will not donate anymore money. I would recommend when you receive those letters asking for a donation to send it back with a message you will donate when the GOP backs Trump and get his nominations put in place.

  • RacerX

    It’s about time you got of your butts and did something. That’s what we the taxpayers pay you to do.

  • Gregg Parker

    I guess the 43 dems voted no because she promised to uphold the law…

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    Now if they would just get off their butts and start doing the rest of the job we elected them to do. Primaries are coming and the rinos and do nothings must go.

  • Black Opal

    It’s past time to extinguish religion in the human mind forever. These appointments, unfortunately, will delay that process a little. Fortunately, the total secularization of humanity continues as unstoppably as ever.

  • brooksmd

    Need to replace those who make up the 9th Circus Court on the left coast.