(CNSNews.com) – Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Thursday that he’s struggling to understand why Democrats consider Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett “such a threat to them.”
Cornyn referred to his opening statement on the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing when he quoted former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman James Manly, saying, “The groups want blood. Democrats on and off the committee want a real fight.”
“Well I guess this is what passes for a real fight. I am struggling to find out and to understand why Judge Barrett is such a threat to them. Is it because they have become accustomed that when they lose elections and they lose votes in the congress they depend on the courts to bail them out? That's not what judges should be doing,” he said.
“Judges should be trying to determine what intent of Congress is, because we're the ones that are accountable to the voters. They are not by definition by the fact they have lifetime tenure. That's why it is so important to have judges like Amy Coney Barrett. She doesn't want to substitute her opinion for ours. She wants ours to prevail,” Cornyn said. “She wants majorities respected. That's the American system.
“So I think a lot of the arguments, and maybe it's just so obvious it doesn't -- nobody needs me or wants me to say it, but all these straw men they keep raising, this tacitly -- the unspoken accusation is Judge Barrett is she’s going to violate her judicial oath, that the sort of integrity and character she demonstrated here that somehow she will leave behind it order to accomplish a result in a future case she hasn't even heard,” the senator said.
“It is just absurd. So I think the regret, the disappointment, of our Democratic colleagues is real, because they've become accustomed to the Supreme Court being policymakers and being a body that bails them out if they can't win the election or win a vote in Congress. So I understand their disappointment, but I think their loss is the American people's gain,” he said.