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GOP Could Face Backlash for Quick Vote on Barrett - Page 2

As Democrats plot strategy, poll offers them affirmation
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2020 9:17 AM CDT

  • The justice of it all: A USA Today editorial questions whether such a quick confirmation process is wise or fair, and finds there isn't enough time for due diligence on a nominee whose votes could well decide cases that will have major effects on Americans' lives. Given the GOP senators' treatment of Garland, the editorial decides no, it's not fair. And fairness is a quality that should spring to mind when Americans think of the court and the process to staff it. This is no way to keep the nation's faith in its supreme institutions.
  • The legacy: Although much of what Trump has done could someday be undone, the three justices he'll have put on the Supreme Court aren't going anywhere. His appointees ensure the court will have a conservative majority for years, per Politico. No president since Nixon has had as many. "This is my third such nomination," Trump said, "and it is a very proud moment indeed." Historian Douglas Brinkley said: "These are appointments that will change the future of America for decades to come. It's going to be indisputable."
  • The rub: A new poll suggests Trump and GOP senators could pay a price for their success. A solid majority of voters say the court opening should be filled by the candidate who wins the presidential election, per the New York Times. And segments the party needs to win over by Nov. 3 are especially opposed to a quick confirmation of Barrett, including 62% of women, 63% of independents, and 60% of college-educated white voters.
(Read more Amy Coney Barrett stories.)

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