By Duncan Smith
Americans worried that there won’t be enough healthy, non-COVID-infected GOP senators on hand to cast a vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next Supreme Court justice need not be concerned.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says there’s a plan in place to ensure they can participate.
Even if they have to be “wheeled in” to cast their vote.
During an interview Sunday with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Cotton laid out the details.
“Your colleagues have tested positive. It looks like it was that Amy Coney Barrett gathering at the White House to introduce her to lawmakers. That really was the place where so many people were exposed,” Bartiromo said.
“What I can say is everyone is eager to be a work when they need to be at work,” Cotton, a former U.S. Army infantry officer and Iraq war vet, said.
Bartiromo responded, 'You think this will not impact the schedule or the agenda?'
'No doubt about it, Maria. Several of the senators who are in isolation right now would come out of isolation before those hearings begin. But the Senate Judiciary Committee has also conducted 20 hearings this year, that have either been in part or in whole virtual,” Cotton continued.
“Many Senate Democrats say couldn't possibly do a virtual hearing or demanding throughout this year going back to March that all committees be conducted over Zoom or Webex or some other virtual hearing,” he continued. ‘
“So the hearing is going forward, no doubt in my mind starting a week from tomorrow, Maria and then on the Senate floor later this month. First off, I think every senator who currently tested positive or is in isolation will be back to work under normal conditions, as other senators have been as well, like Rand Paul or Tim Kane,” the Arkansas Republican noted further.
“But if that's not the case, Maria, there is a long and venerable tradition of ill or medically infirmed senators being wheeled in to cast critical votes on the Senate floor. So I'm confident that every senator will be in attendance when his or her vote is needed,” he added.
So, regardless of what happens on Nov. 3 — though we’re certainly hoping the GOP will retain and maybe even expand its Senate majority (and retake the House after a crazy summer of Democrat-backed riots and pandemic lockdowns) — it looks like Coney Barrett’s confirmation is a shoo-in.
And that might be the only thing that keeps our republic intact over the next four years of a Biden administration, should the president not be reelected (which, frankly, does not seem possible given his raucous rally receptions).
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