It looks like Republicans are going to have the votes needed to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Breitbart reports that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), a swing vote, has announced his intention to vote in favor of Barrett’s confirmation.
Romney is in
Romney made the announcement after the conclusion of the recent hearing that was held by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing her record and her testimony, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation to the Supreme Court,” Romey said. “I am confident that she will faithfully apply the law and our Constitution, impartially and regardless of policy preferences.”
Indeed, it is hard to argue that Barrett is anything other than a top-notch judge, that is, unless one is against the impartial upholding of the duly enacted law. But, of course, it is not just Barrett’s ability or judicial philosophy that will cause some senators to vote against her.
Romney shuns Democrats
Many Democrats will vote against Barrett because they believe that a Supreme Court vacancy ought not to be filled this close to an election. With Romney’s anti-Trump propensity – let’s not forget his impeachment conviction vote – one would have expected Romney to, once again, side with his Democratic colleagues. But, he hasn’t.
In fact, in mid-September, he indicated that he was in favor of, or at least not against, moving forward with the confirmation process. Romney said at the time:
My decision regarding a Supreme Court nomination is not the result of a subjective test of ‘fairness’ which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is based on the immutable fairness of following the law, which in this case is the Constitution and precedent. The historical precedent of election-year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.
Not all Republican senators, however, seem to understand this line of reasoning.
The two remaining Republicans
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are, like Romney, considered to be swing votes in the Senate. Both individuals have been staunchly against the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice this close to an election, using the erroneous argument shot down by Romney.
Murkowski has refused to say whether she, despite being against moving forward with the confirmation, would actually vote to confirm Barrett. In contrast, Collins has stated that she will vote against the confirmation.
Trump addressed Collins’ position in a recent tweet, writing: “There is a nasty rumor out there that @SenatorCollins of Maine will not be supporting our great United States Supreme Court nominee. Well, she didn’t support Healthcare or my opening up 5000 square miles of Ocean to Maine, so why should this be any different.”
Thankfully, though, it doesn’t look like Collins’ vote will be needed. The Senate vote on whether to confirm Barrett is expected to take place during the final week of October.