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Democrats Admit They Cannot Block SCOTUS Confirmation: 'We Can't Stop the Outcome'

Dems resigned that Amy Coney Barrett confirmation is now inevitable

 on 9th October 2020 @ 12.00am
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Democrats have been forced to admit that they can't stop Amy Coney Barrett confirmation

Democrats have admitted that they cannot stop Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

As much as the left detests President Donald Trump's pick for the SCOTUS, Dems have now finally acknowledged there's little they can do to stop her lifelong ascension to America's highest court.

Since the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month, Democrats have been panning the confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as illegitimate, dangerous, and rife with hypocrisy.

Democrats say they don't have a silver bullet to stop the process since the Republican-majority Senate now seemingly has the votes to confirm Barrett.

President Trump assured the public on Tuesday that the confirmation, that is scheduled to begin next Monday, will be "fast and easy."

"There's no procedural move that I'm aware of that allows the minority to slow this process down at all," said Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE).

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Democrat Sen. Chris Coons (left) admits there's no much Dems can do to stop the process

"And trust me, I've asked a lot," Coons added, according to News Pushed.

"That's one of the things that I think the general public doesn't quite appreciate is that as long as the [GOP] majority is willing to change the rules and is willing to insist on moving ahead when it is demonstrably unsafe, unwise and unprecedented to do so, there's nothing the [Democratic] minority can do to stop them.”

Republicans hold a 53-seat majority in the Senate.

Only two GOP Senators -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine -- have rejected pushing through the Barrett nomination just days before the presidential election.

Four years ago Republicans blocked President Obama's nominee of Merrick Garland on the grounds his March 2016 nomination was too close to the November election when the American public would have a say.

Coons said the only shot at stopping the confirmation process is to convince at least two more Republicans to join Murkowski and Collins in standing by their position from four years ago that confirmation shouldn't occur until the presidential election is decided.

"We need two more to join them in their ... recognition that fair is fair," Coons said Wednesday.

"I am not optimistic that will happen."

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And the most likely way the confirmation process could potentially be stalled is if Republicans sidelined by the coronavirus can't physically show up to vote on the nomination in the Judiciary Committee and on the Senate floor, one aide told Fox News.

While the confirmation testimony can take place remotely on Monday, a physical quorum of all 12 GOP senators would be necessary to vote out the nominee from the committee on the scheduled date of Oct. 22.

"A lot of this will just depend on whether they can make a quorum, both in the committee and then on the floor to be able to proceed," one Democratic aide told Fox News.

Two senators with coronavirus -- Republicans Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah -- serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and presumably would be well enough to return to Washington for committee markup on Oct. 15 and votes on Oct. 22. 

A third, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, went so far to say he would show up on the Senate floor and vote on Barrett in a "moon suit" if necessary.

The problem for Democrats is the Republicans have control over the committee and could potentially change rules on the fly to prevent Democrats from gumming up the process.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said there's little he and other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee can do because they are in the minority.

“We can slow it down perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can’t stop the outcome,” Durbin told ABC’s “This Week” on Sept. 27.

He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is “hell-bent on getting this done before the election.”

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) admits there's little he and other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee can do

Democrats are even considering not participating in the hearings.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government at American University said Democrats may not even participate.

“As a Democratic senator, I might say: ‘If I participate in these hearings, will I be legitimizing it? Will I be exposing myself and possibly others to the virus?’” Edelson told Fox News.

One Democrat aide reiterated that they have given up.

“At the end of the day, elections do matter and there’s 53 Republican senators and 51 of them are on record saying they want this confirmation to move forward,” the aide told Fox News.

“And so there’s very little the minority can do in that situation when the filibuster no longer applies.”

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