Barrett breaking ‘concrete barrier' for conservative women’
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, began the third day of hearings by highlighting the historic nature of Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court and affirmatively declaring that she was “going to the Court.”
Graham praised Barrett’s knowledge of the philosophy of originalism.
“I think everybody in America can get three hours of credit for originalism," he remarked. "It’s the most detailed explanation of a legal philosophy I think any nominee has provided to the Senate.”
After praising his colleagues Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Graham proclaimed that conservative women have been among the groups in America that have had a "hard time."
"There’s an effort by some in the liberal world to marginalize the contribution because you come out on a different side of an issue, particularly abortion," Graham explained.
“This hearing, to me, is an opportunity to not punch through a glass ceiling but a reinforced concrete barrier around conservative women,” he stated. “You’re going to shatter that barrier. I have never been more proud of a nominee than I am of you.”
He stated that it is the first time in American history that "we’ve nominated a woman who’s unashamedly pro-life and embraces her faith without apology" to the Supreme Court.
“It will be a great signal to all young women who … share your view of the world that there’s a seat at the table for them," he added.
While four women have been appointed to the Supreme Court, only one of them was appointed by a Republican president: Sandra Day O’Connor. She voted with liberal justices to affirm the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide in two notable cases that came before the Court during her tenure. The other three female Supreme Court justices were appointed by Democrat presidents and routinely sympathized with the liberal judicial philosophy in their rulings.