by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Jack Beyrer reports for the Washington Free Beacon about one U.S. senator’s preparations for a Supreme Court confirmation fight.
Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R., Ark.) office will operate a campaign-style war room to help Republicans fight back against attacks on President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.
Cotton’s “Supreme Court War Room” was launched Friday afternoon, a day before Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. His office says the project will track attacks on the nominee and provide rapid response to push back.
Cotton, who himself was on Trump’s list of potential nominees, created the project due to the ferocity of recent Supreme Court fights—especially over Trump’s nominees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. The website also provides background “on the long and sordid history of Democratic attacks on conservative judicial nominees.”
“For too long, liberals have used the courts to bypass our democracy and force unconstitutional, far-left policies on the American people,” Cotton’s office said in a Friday statement. “In 2016, Americans decided that we’d had enough.”
“Sen. Cotton applauds President Trump’s relentless efforts to fill vacancies on our courts with judges who will follow the Constitution and the rule of law, not legislate from the bench. He looks forward to his announcement of the nominee,” the statement reads.
One suspects Cotton’s work will attempt to counteract an over-the-top critical media narrative. We’ve reported in this space about the potential benefits of nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the position.
Coney Barrett is tough on crime, is against campus kangaroo courts, and is an originalist who would follow the letter of the law to the last word. According to her own words, she would not be deterred from making tough decisions. Her nomination should give the public a clear choice, even if the confirmation does not proceed prior to the election.