Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) as she prepares for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill on October 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) as she prepares for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill on October 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

Confirmation Crossfire: Judge Amy Coney Barret Is The Smartest Person In The Room

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor is driving Washington Democrats crazy. Granted, that’s a bit of a short walk for a few of them, but an appropriate idiom nonetheless.

The reason Barrett is so infuriating to the left: she’s qualified – extremely qualified.  Even left-leaning CNN called her a “proven conservative with a compelling personal story.”

And after three days of being grilled by some of the most vindictive and mean-spirited senators in Washington (Senator Mazie Hirono had the audacity to ask if she’d ever sexually assaulted someone), it is readily apparent to anyone watching the confirmation proceedings that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the smartest person in the room.

Just ask WIBC host Rob Kendall, who is rarely the smartest person in the room, but often the loudest.

Kendall:

“[Barrett] is so smart and they are so stupid. And they all look so stupid, and I mean both Republicans and Democrats. This is a complete insult to what this is supposed to be, which is a job interview. Can you imagine sitting through a job interview in which people are holding up pictures of senior citizens and little kids? 

“Everyone should be disgusted by this because we’re not learning anything about this woman; we’re not learning anything about her judicial philosophy; it is a complete joke and a complete waste of everyone’s time.”

Indy Politics’ Abdul-Hakim Shabazzusually the smartest person in the room and sometimes the ‘whitest’ – concurred with Kendall, adding that the number of members on the judicial committee is unusually large.

Shabazz:

“It’s too big. There are 21 or 22 members on the committee, whereas it should be only about 15, which means you’re spending a little less time on speeches and more time on asking actual questions. For example, Amy Coney Barrett is an originalist, which means she subscribes to the original meanings of the Constitution. So my question would be, ‘the Constitution was written in 1789, so do certain terms apply to today, the 21st century, as they did in the 18th century?’ To me, that’s a legitimate philosophical question, but you can’t get it when you’ve got pictures of kids in the back and you’re talking about the Affordable Care Act.”

Kendall and Shabazz – in all week for the Chicks on the Right – had much more to say on this week’s confirmation hearings. They joined Hammer and Nigel Wednesday afternoon for an all-male edition of “Hump Day Haps.”

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