• Judge Coney Barrett — Masked Up! — Faces Her Interrogators …

    Surge Summary: Monday morning, Amy Coney Barrett appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to determine her fitness for the U.S. Supreme Court. Of course, she was all masked-up – even though the context of the room, etc. made it certainly unnecessary. It was an annoying, but prudential choice: why give her adversaries another club with which to whack her?

    by Steve Pauwels

    Apparently, society’s level of exasperation isn’t sufficiently stoked: Monday AM, interested parties were forced to watch face-masked Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett sit like a cloaked sphinx before a Senate tribunal as the Honorables held forth on her suitability – of lack thereof – for High Court service. Mind you, she’s already contracted and recovered from COVID-19 (!). From appearances, during Monday’s hearing the judiciary committee members were seated nowhere near ACB; a bunch of them waived the covering while they were speaking; some attended virtually. Ms. Barrett herself was appropriately distanced from everyone else in the spacious chamber.  Bluntly, it didn’t look like anyone was within spitting – make that, aerosolizing — distance of her.

    Nonetheless, there she was, dutifully equipped with a black face-screen, firmly fixed in place all through the droning proceedings. The forty-eight-year-old jurist supplied the requisite virtue-signaling for those obsessing on all thing-COVID-19; on every virus-related twitch and nuance and gesture. Her toting the PPE talisman was prudent; a pre-emptive inoculation against those dishonest critics who’d leverage a mask-deficient showing as yet another harebrained knock against her: Blood and thunder! The woman’s an actual practicing Catholic! She’s pro-life! She’s an unapologetically proud wife and mother! She wasn’t theatrically smothered behind a piece of morbid fabric!  Consign her to the outer darkness!

    Well, the anti-Coney-Barret brigade can scratch off their sneer-list that last accusation, at least.

    It’s annoying, sure enough, watching this lovely, accomplished, superb professional woman having to play along with the hysteria game. It bugs me … but I get it. Why create another controversy – an easily avoidable one, to boot — to pile on the rest of the baseless controversies levelled against her nomination?

    Prayerfully, when Judge – soon to be Justice – Coney Barrett is deciding on government overreach cases down the road, in the years ahead, she’ll remember this moment; how, in October 2020, the corona-bullies made her bow to their overwrought strictures; her very up-close-and-personal experience with the State abusing its authority.

    You go, Amy Coney Barrett! Even with that mask on.

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    Image: Screen Shot: https://thehill.com/video/senate/520576-watch-live-day-one-of-amy-coney-barrett-confirmation-hearings


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    Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King, Londonderry, NH, Managing Editor over at dailysurge.com and host of Striker Radio with Steve Pauwels on the Red State Talk Radio Network. He's also husband to the lovely Maureen and proud father of three fine sons: Mike, Sam and Jake.

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