The Dumbest Internet Comment re. Amy Coney Barrett

Since the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg has left an opening on the US Supreme Court, and the attention of the media has turned to Amy Coney Barrett, who appears to be President Trump's leading candidate for the spot. Trump has said that he will announce his nominee on Saturday, but of course nobody wants to wait that long before talking about the possible nominees. In the comments section of one news article, a random commenter said:

Why does everybody keep using her middle name? Does she think she is special or something?

Seriously? The seat was left vacant by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was the second female justice on the US Supreme Court, having followed Sandra Day O'Connor. If the 2016 presidential election had gone differently, the new justice would have been named by Hillary Rodham Clinton. You don't have to look very far to find professional women who are commonly referred to using both their maiden and married names.

Anyway, my impression of the situation is that the president and the senators were elected for a set period of time, and so even though we are close to an election it is still their job to nominate and approve (or reject) new justices. This despite the arguments that the Republican senators made in 2016 that it was too close to the election to move on a new justice; they were wrong then and the argument is still wrong now. One theory that I saw recently was that in 2016 the Republicans never voted to reject Obama's nominee so that if Trump lost they could still hold hearings and approve Garland after the election, because he was probably a better choice than whoever Clinton would nominate.

As to the rumored nominee Amy Coney Barrett, in my admittedly brief reading of some of her rulings she seems OK. On a scale of BAD (Breyer, Kagan) - (Sotomayor) - (Roberts) - (Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh) - (Gorsuch) GOOD, my guess is that she will fall somewhere between Kavanaugh and Gorsuch.

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