Trump’s long week

Three days before the first scheduled debate of the 2020 general election season, President Trump formally announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, the U.S. Appeals Court judge and respected legal scholar at the University of Notre Dame, to the Supreme Court.

The reaction among social conservatives has been jubilant, but Barrett’s confirmation will be perhaps the most contentious in American history. It is almost certainly going to be the most resented and the one with the most far-reaching consequences. If Democrats somehow manage to retake the Senate it is likely that (as I predicted in this space some time ago) we will see the office of justice transformed into a version of the House of Lords, a quasi-legislative body complete with new members who serve set terms alongside those who inherited their seats in the days of yore.



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