Stiffing Justice Barrett

Erin Hawley of the Independent Women’s Law Center is a former law clerk for Chief Justice John Roberts. She recently blasted the Girl Scouts of America, which has celebrated the previous four female justices - O’Connor, Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor - for stiffing new Justice Amy Coney Barrett’

“The day after her confirmation last month the Girl Scouts congratulated Justice Barrett in a widely circulated tweet. Then, they quickly deleted it. Apparently,” writes Hawley, “it is too “partisan’ for the Girl Scouts to congratulate Justice Barrett on becoming only the fifth woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court since 1789.”

“Justice Barrett is similarly accomplished. She is a stellar academic, accomplished jurist, and loving wife and mother to seven children—including four daughters. Every single member of her Supreme Court law clerk class and of the Notre Dame law faculty supported her nomination to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Like the four female justices before her, Barrett has broken gender barriers and is an inspiring role model for girls nationwide.”

The Girl Scouts are not the only group to sweep Barrett’s success aside because of her conservative views.  Over a thousand graduates of Rhodes College complained about their alma mater’s congratulation of Justice Barrett. From the perspective of those on the left, a successful conservative woman is somehow – in their words - “hurtful to many” and “opposed to the values of truth, loyalty, and service.”

On the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who Barrett replaced, most if not all conservative commentators gave her full credit for intelligence and legal ability, and for pioneering for women in the legal profession, even though they frequently disagreed with her judicial reasoning. Today’s howling left couldn’t rise to that level of fairmindedness, and never will.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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