The United States Senate confirmed this Monday, eight days before the presidential elections, to Amy Barrett as the new Supreme Court Justice, and thus consolidated the conservative majority in the most important court in the country.
Barrett was confirmed with 52 votes in favor – all Republican senators – and 48 against – all Democrats and the conservative Susan Collins.
Barrett, 48, swore his lifetime position this same Monday night at a ceremony at the White House in which the president, Donald Trump, also participated.
Barrett’s confirmation in the Senate comes after a rushed and controversial process which began on September 18 with the death of progressive judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg at age 87.
Barrett was nominated by Trump days later, on September 26, before Ginsburg was even buried.
Just as Republicans blocked the confirmation of a progressive judge during the last year of Barack Obama’s term, they did not want to risk now that a possible Democratic victory next week thwarted his plans con Barrett.
Six conservatives and three progressives
The Republicans thus took advantage of their control over the Executive and the Senate to decant even more in their favor the Supreme, now left with six conservative and three progressive magistrates, marking the future of the court for the decades to come.
Trump, in fact, has achieved confirm three judges for the Supreme in his four years in power: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Barrett.
Barrett will have to decide now whether to refrain from participating in any possible appeal to the Supreme relating to the election results, something that she did not want to commit to during her confirmation hearings despite being nominated by one of the two candidates in the running, Trump.
Conservatives further consider that Barrett’s confirmation as a “historic victory” for those who oppose abortion, because the judge has shown that right guaranteed in the US since 1973, although she did not want to clarify whether she would vote to undermine it.