Win on court pick, fumble on election results

President Trump ended his week with his pick of federal judge Amy Coney Barrett, a move that buoyed conservatives and made liberals so furious they are considering boycotting her confirmation hearing.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House Saturday.


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Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House Saturday.

But while the pick was a big win for the president’s base, his suggestions earlier questioning the upcoming election and results overshadowed his week.

Conservative grader Jed Babbin noted the president’s questions about the election process but said Trump deserves an “A-” for his court pick to replace the late liberal Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But Democratic pollster and grader John Zogby said Trump’s suggestion that he wouldn’t accept an election loss to Joe Biden stained the week, resulting in a grade of “F.”

Jed Babbin

Grade: A-

This was a very good week for President Trump with the Supreme Court nomination of 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the declaration of “anarchist” jurisdictions, cities to which federal aid would be reduced, and marred — as usual — by his own words.

The Saturday nomination of Barrett sets the stage for a confirmation battle that will make the Democrat’s performance in the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings seem like a high school dance. Barrett is a solid conservative, a judicial superstar and a religious Catholic. She’s only 48 and — with Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas (and sometimes Chief Justice John Roberts) the court could be conservative by 6-3 votes. Barrett’s confirmation to the Circuit Court was marred by some voicing their anti-Catholic bias and this will be much, much worse in every respect. The Democrats only care about the future of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 abortion decision that still haunts American politics. They’ll probably won’t be able to stop Barrett’s confirmation, but it’s going to be a bloody process.

The Justice Department ruled that cities such as Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., — in which local governors and mayors have refused to put down the riots that have plagued those cities for almost four months — were anarchist and thus going to have their slices of the federal aid pie cut. It was a good move that these cities and states deserve. Governments have the duty to protect their citizens from violence. Those jurisdictions could have but chose not to.

As usual, what could have been a perfect week was marred by the president refusing — twice — to say that if he lost the election there would be a peaceful transfer of power. It was an easy shot that Trump missed by a mile, feeding a media frenzy.

John Zogby

Grade: F

So we started the week with the passing of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and an unexpected opening

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