Thursday, October 26, marked an important day in modern American history that will likely hold significant meaning for some, both good and bad, for potentially decades to come in the future.
It was three years ago on that date that Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed in 2020 as the conservative replacement for the liberal late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Democrats and leftist activists have remained infuriated by that fact to the current day.
Conversely, conservatives and Republicans have, for the most part, been quite pleased with Barrett and the conservative-leaning majority she helped secure on the nation's highest court, likely for many more years to come.
NBC News reported on Oct. 26, 2020, that Justice Barrett was confirmed to her appointed role by a partisan split Senate, 52-48, just 30 days after she had been nominated by then-President Donald Trump, who had waited only around one week after liberal icon Justice Ginsburg had passed away to announce his pick to fill the vacant seat.
"This is a momentous day for America, the United States Constitution, and for the fair and impartial rule of law," Trump said at the time. "Justice Barrett made clear she will issue rulings based solely upon a faithful reading of the law and the Constitution as written not legislate from the bench."
Of course, as happy as most Republicans were at the swift development, Democrats were even more furious and fought tooth and nail, albeit unsuccessfully, to discredit the new justice and derail her nomination during the Senate confirmation hearings.
As for just how "momentous" the events of that day truly were, The Guardian reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) provided a hint at that time of just how important Barrett's confirmation was, at least in terms of essentially locking down a 6-3 conservative-leaning majority on the Supreme Court.
"A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election," McConnell said of the GOP agenda, but added of Barrett's joining the high court for a lifetime appointment, "They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come."
Senate Democrats were still seething on the one-year anniversary of Justice Barrett's confirmation, according to The Hill at that time, and released an angry statement denouncing alleged "dark money" groups that supposedly worked in secret to elevate the conservative jurist to her position on the high court.
"Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation was just the latest success for these dark-money actors, and all signs point toward the Court continuing its assault on our Constitution and the American people going forward," they said as they proceeded to issue stark warnings about what the Supreme Court's majority might do to forestall or even end the left's agenda on a number of issues that they held dear, chief among them abortion rights.
The warning from Senate Democrats was actually quite prescient, as Barrett sided with the conservative-leaning majority in 2022 in the Dobbs ruling that had the effect of overturning the prior pro-abortion precedents of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and returning the matter of abortion regulation to the individual states to decide.
The pro-abortion left is still enraged over the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision and Justice Barrett's role in it, as evidenced by a statement released Thursday by the leftist Reproductive Freedom for All organization that denounced Barrett on the three-year anniversary of her confirmation to the court.
"When Donald Trump and Senate Republicans put Amy Coney Barrett on the bench, they endangered abortion rights for decades to come," RFA CEO and President Mini Timmaraju said. "Now, it’s up to voters and reproductive freedom champions to restore the legitimacy of our federal judiciary, and it starts with winning big in 2024."
She added as a warning to Senate Republicans, "Every senator who voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court should be on notice: Voters are tired of seeing anti-abortion ideologues trample on their rights, and they’re already mobilizing to do something about it."