(Washington, DC) — I just landed here in the nation’s capital as word is spreading that President Trump on Saturday at 5pm will formally name Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, to be the nation’s next Supreme Court Justice.
This is fantastic — but it’s going to spark an apocalyptic confirmation battle that could make the Kavanaugh process look like a walk in the park.
If confirmed, Barrett would fill the seat opened by the recent passing of Jewish Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Barrett is a devout born again Catholic, a former Notre Dame law professor, married to a successful lawyer, the mother of seven children (including two adopted children), and she is very conservative and deeply pro-life.
Fox News’ Supreme Court reporter and anchor Shannon Bream has written a profile of Barrett worth reading.
Pro-life Catholic and Evangelical leaders that I’ve spoken to in recent days tell me that Barrett is absolutely their first choice and that they have been urging President Trump to name her and get her confirmed before Election Day.
Former Senator Rick Santorum tells me that Barrett “will be a superstar.”
“Unlike [Justice Neil] Gorsuch and [Chief Justice John] Roberts, she does not care what D.C. thinks of her,” Santorum adds. “Faith is the center of her life. Her brilliance is matched by her humility. She is normal. Her family grounds her.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told me, “Barrett will be the best of the three contenders [that Trump has been considering].”
Perkins notes that Barrett was savagely attacked for her Catholic faith by left-wing Senators and pro-abortion groups during her confirmation process to be on the 7th Circuit Appeals Court in 2017.
“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma — the law is totally different,” California Senator Diane Feinstein told Barrett. “And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”
“Feinstein’s attack on her faith during her confirmation for the appeals court — ‘the dogma speaks loudly within you’ — will be like the battle cry, ‘remember the Alamo,’” Perkins told me.
“‘Remember the Dogma’ — that will rally not only Catholics but Evangelicals because of the growing hostility of the Left to religious freedom.”
Newsweek brutally attacked Barrett this week for claiming that she belongs to a cultish-Catholic sect that “served as inspiration for Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale,” adding that female members of the cult are forced to report to spiritual superiors known as “handmaids” and that the group stresses that “men have authority over their wives.”
Newsweek wrote that “Atwood…has indicated that the group’s existence motivated her to write The Handmaid’s Tale, set in the fictional Gilead, where women’s bodies are governed and treated as the property of the state under a theocratic regime.”
Just one problem — it wasn’t true, Barrett isn’t part of such a group at all, and Newsweek had to issue a retraction.
Brace yourself and pray without ceasing — this nomination battle is going to get very ugly, very fast.
But it could also be electrifying and help re-elect President Trump and possibly expand conservative control of the Senate.
“This nomination fight could be the turn-out-the-vote key to the entire election for Trump,” I told NBC News. “The Trump base is very worried [that Biden and Harris could win] and this nomination is going to remind them: If you sit home and let your friends sit home [and not vote], everything you believe in is going to be washed away.”