If you watch only one thing from the Amy Coney Barrett charade, Senator Whitehouse’s presentation is the one!
As the Amy Coney Barrett Senate Judicial hearings drone on, there has been not much that was unexpected. There was, and is, little reason to watch the speeches and questions along straight party lines; the Senatorial pontification; the dodging, weaving and obfuscation by the nominee; the general disgracefulness of a sham nomination.
But there was one thing that, to borrow a phrase, is “must-see TV.” And that was Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s magnificent, informative and ultimately depressing presentation on how dark money influences the judiciary and the judicial process.
If you thought dark money was only a factor in electoral politics, watch this and think again.
Whitehouse concluded his presentation this way, “No, something is not right around the court. And dark money has a lot to do with it.”
One last thing. I’ve noticed that some media outlets are short-handing Barrett’s name: “ACB.” This has got to stop. It is an insult to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a judicial giant who earned her sobriquet through her hard work, her genius and her humanity. Although she will undoubtedly, and unfortunately, occupy RBG’s seat, Judge Amy Coney Barrett has not come close, nor would I expect ever will come close, to earning the right to a loving moniker like Justice Ginsburg’s.