The U.S. Senate voted 52-48 to put Judge Amy Coney Barrett onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, eight days before the next election, and cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the nation’s highest court.
President Trump’s third pick is likely to ripple through this year’s elections and guide Democrats’ actions, should they win the White House and Senate next week.
Coloradans sized up the decision Monday on the expected party-line Senate vote.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who gave a half-hour speech on the Senate floor, spoke out on Twitter Monday before the vote.
“Ours is a Senate where words have lost their meaning,” the Democrat said, likely referring to what Republican senators, include Colorado’s Cory Gardner, said four years ago when they refused to hold hearings for President Obama’s nominee eight months before the election, not eight days.
“Shameless hypocrisy is the stuff of proud triumphs. And a decision like that affirming Judge Barrett to a lifetime appointment is anything you have the power to cram down the throats of your political opponents.”