Last week, WV Senator Shelley Moore Capito discussed with “reporters” President Biden’s upcoming Supreme Court nomination. Here, according to WV Metro News, is what the senator had to say about the confirmation process:
Capito noted the confirmation process may be slower than what some may want.
“These are very, very important decisions that will be coming before us,” she said.
Amazing! Did any “reporter” ask the senator about her enthusiasm for the record-setting confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett in the fall of 2020? Here is how the Washington Post described the time frame for the Barrett confirmation:
It took only 27 days for the GOP-led Senate to confirm Barrett. On average, over the last four decades or so, it has taken the Senate just over two months to reach a confirmation vote. More dramatically, of the 22 Supreme Court nominees voted on by the Senate during a presidential election year — reaching all the way back to 1789 — Barrett’s confirmation came closest to Election Day: a mere eight days, with millions having already voted.
And here is the Capito timeline that goes with that confirmation:
• September 26, 2020 -- President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court
• September 29, 2020 -- Barrett’s nomination is received by the Senate.
• October 21, 2020 -- Just 22 days later, Senator Capito announces her support for Barrett. Capito adds that she “can’t wait” to vote for Barrett.
• October 26, 2020 -- Barrett is confirmed by the Senate.
This did not happen 40 years ago or even ten years ago – it happened 16 months ago and at the time, the speed at which Barrett was confirmed and the closeness to the presidential election made national headlines. Last week, couldn’t some “reporter” have asked the senator about why Barrett could be confirmed in record-breaking speed but Biden’s nominee must be “slower than some may want”? Unfortunately for West Virginia’s citizenry, the media sent stenographers rather than reporters to the Capito conference – I could find nothing on this issue. Further, I don’t expect to see anything in the future – whether it’s the Supreme Court, the abortion issue, or Afghan refugees (see here, for example), Capito always gets a free pass from West Virginia media.
Your Capito-approved U.S. Supreme Court was in action earlier today: