Alexander backs Barrett confirmation to Supeme Court

U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) and Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville) attend a Tennessee Titans event in Nashville on Dec. 13, 2019 (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville) announced he supports Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“During her confirmation hearings, Judge Barrett demonstrated respect for the law, intelligence, good character and steady temperament. Having attended college in Tennessee and law school in Indiana, her background will strengthen the Supreme Court by making it more diverse,” Alexander said in a statement.

“She is well-qualified and has said she will decide cases based upon the law, not her personal views. Judge Barrett will be an excellent Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and I will vote to confirm her nomination.”

Fellow Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) has been a vocal booster of Barrett since President Donald Trump nominated her.

23 Responses to Alexander backs Barrett confirmation to Supeme Court

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    At long last we are finally ridding ourselves of centrist Lamar (Heritage-51%). With Hagerty we conservatives have to figure on at least a 20% Heritage Scorecard pick-up if Hagerty would like a challenge in the Republican Primary in six years, 35% if he would just as soon be a Senator for as long as he likes. Up to you Billl!

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    James White says:

    Republican Presidents appointing ‘conservative’ judges has backfired on more than one or two or three or …. occasions.
    We can hope She does well, but probably not a constitutionalists to the core, but better than most.

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    Gwendolyn BLACKMAN says:

    Alexander’s statement is moronic. He certainly formed a different opinion than I did but that’s to be expected. So I ask the Senator, “Was Rhodes College the foundation for her Stone Age views”? There were more highly-qualified women to be considered besides Barrett and she definitely will bring her personal views to bear on cases before the Court.

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    Norma says:

    Of course, Alexander backs Barrett. He’s leaving office and he still can’t stand on his own two feet. Like all the other Congressional members of the Republican Party he gave up on Constitutional principles, personal ethics and common sense in 2016. The party no longer believes in picking qualified judicial candidates, reducing the federal deficit or any of the other claptrap they’ve been spewing since Reagan’s administration. Unless, of course, there’s a Democrat in the White House. They’ve stayed in power this long through gerrymandering and voter suppression measures. Their
    complete rejection of all they ever stood for is why, in 2 weeks, they could lose the WH and both houses of Congress.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Unfortunately the voters in Republican Primaries in 2016 made the mistake of nominating Trump who has no ideological grounding instead of Cruz (Heritage-91%) or even Rubio (Heritage-82%). This has caused the Republican Party to become an ideologically even more amorphous than it was before Trump. That is why making the Republican Party an ideologically conservative party is job one for every conservative so they should stop contributing to any of the pockets run by the Republican Party. Instead, contribute only to candidates with a conservative record or venerable conservative PACs like the House Freedom Fund and The Club For Growth. All together now, MILLIONS FOR CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES, NOT A PENNY FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!

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        James White says:

        Cruz is afflicted with his wife, Hedi , and she is afflicted with the Council on Foreign Relations.

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        Norma says:

        Who funds and runs the organization publishing all those Heritage scores? Why listen to them? Why robotically follow some shadowy organization with an agenda that serves that small group and not the whole country? Suggestion: Watch a Gary Cooper movie, “Meet John Doe”.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Norma, your soooooo partisan that it is adversely affecting your power to think. Don’t worry! I’ll help. The scores are published by Heritage Action which is a PAC of the Heritage Foundation, the oldest and largest conservative think tank in Washington, D. C. The Heritage Action Scorecard which I quote is simply a numerical average of the scores on key pieces of legislation that legislators in Congress receive based on their votes and the legislation they sponsor. By following the scores your not “listen[ing]” to anyone. Your simply learning where the legislators stand on the political spectrum over a broad range of issues over their entire career. As a leftist you would think a low Heritage score is great. As a conservative I look for a high Heritage score. There are many organizations that publish scorecards all aimed at capturing the voting record of legislators in one handy numerical number. Your friends Chuck Schumer gets a 3%, Nancy Pelosi a 12%, isn’t that great? Or do you think those scores are too high and their actually more irresponsibly liberal than that? See, the Heritage Scorecard won’t hurt. Please don’t be afraid.

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        Eddie White says:

        Stuart, since Trump is no longer a no-record candidate, can you outline where Cruz and Trump have differed on policy over the past 4 years.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Good point Eddie, but of course that is impossible to do because though it displeases MARLE greatly Cruz has wisely chosen to be a team player with Trump ever since he realized from the negative reaction he received at the 2016 Republican Convention there is little to gain from setting yourself up as an opponent of the President of your own party. This is especially true if you have Presidential asperations for the future.

          What we surely would have bought with a Cruz is a more deliberate intellectually satisfying personality that would result in people, especially female people, giving him a fair hearing. Ted is a fine political operator so there is no reason to expect that he would replicate this hideous political operation that Trump and his “braintrust” put together that has just blown through $1.5 billion to the extent that they have a little over $250 million left only, as an incumbent, to be behind a half senile opponent who rarely shows himself and that opponent’s running mate whose unmarketability was such that she had to drop out of the Democratic Primary before the first vote was cast. Cruz certainly wouldn’t have embarked on that Kamikaze mission in the first debate and think he actually won. Hopefully Eddie you didn’t send a dime to this fiasco of a campaign.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Trump was a phenomenon who had what can be regarded as a strong personality and the Republican voters, after the grey men of the Bush-McCain-Romney era, were so enchanted with someone who speaks mind The New York Times be damned that they fell in love. But you know that love is blind and they didn’t notice that he was a narcissistic jerk that all too often spouted nonsense. I’m afraid in politics willful blindness has its price as we may soon find out once more.

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            MARLE says:

            What it shows is that Heritage scores are emblematic of NOTHING you can count on. Poster boy: Cruz who forfeited his soul, his dignity, and his meaningless heritage score.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Another right wing politician supporting another right wing appointee. Pathetic for working people

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      But not for those who “working people” look to in order to have jobs at which to work.

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        Cannoneer2 says:

        In China?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          That comment is no doubt engendered by the “pay to play” relationship that has been discovered between top Red Chinese officials and Hunter Biden with Joe Biden receiving a healthy piece of the action. It is, as our liberal friends would say, “troubling.” A few days ago I asked how is it possible for Joe Biden, who has spent 47 years earning today’s equivalent of about $150,000 a year to have become a multi-millionaire with all of those palatial houses. NOW WE KNOW.

          Not to worry Cannoneer. Trump reminds all too many ladies of all the guys they have met in their life that displeased them. That’s it, Biden’s their guy!

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            Paul says:

            Unfortunately Trump reminds a lot of folks of guys they have met in their life that have displeased them. He’s like that guy at the office party who just can’t shut up or some such thing; make up your own example of a raging egomaniac narcissist. I’m not sure why you think this is limited to “the ladies” Stuart, but carry on. Another example of why conservatives are making themselves extinct with younger folks if you can’t spot the problem here, regardless of what you might think about Trump’s non-existent qualifications beyond cheesy TV host.

            It’s amazing to me that with all the problems in the US and the world at this point, that the Republican scampaign is focused on Lesley Stahl (today’s “rage at the media” focal point, soon to be replaced by another one) and a blind man in New Jersey with a laptop that a discredited lawyer touts as proof of….something…..somewhere. Cue the rending of garments and laments of victimhood…..if only the world would “get it” about the media and some dude with a laptop he’s peddled to Trump’s creepy lawyer (Borat’s daughter anyone?). This whole thing would turn right around if that happened, yes sir, no doubt about it, Trump would win back all those “ladies” and everyone else that’s thought he was a displeasing kind of guy.

            I think most of us might have more interest in Joe Biden’s purported zillions of dollars if Trump was a bit more forthcoming about his own. But alas, he’s under perpetual audit from the IRS and we just can’t see those tax returns just yet. It would be so easy for Trump to do a number on all these naysayers if he’d just release his returns….and what better time to show up the left-wing media failings than right now by releasing them, no? Just before the real voting…..boom! That would seal the deal for four more years by showing everyone the truth after he’s been treated the worst of anyone ever in the history of the entire universe by everyone who doesn’t agree with him.

            Pssst….a little birdy said today that Trump has bank accounts in Red China and has been paying taxes there — probably more than he’s paid his own country. It’s likely a rumor of course….fake news…that sort of thing.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            The reason that I limited my remarks to the ladies is because Trump has done, and the polls expect him to do relatively poorly among the ladies, especially those in the suburbs who can be expected to vote Republican. Attacking people who brought to light Biden’s unsavory dealings in the Ukraine and in China is what pols do to change the subject. The computer with a zillion e-mails and pictures belongs to Hunter of that there is no dispute. If most of the press were not flaks for the Democratic Party they would bore into the information on the computer or at least question Biden about the information rather than what was the flavor of his soda he just bought in one of his infrequent appearances in public.

            Re: Leslie Stahl I have no opinion, I never watch CBS news. Trump is simply sick of the adversarial questioning and willingness to debate he receives from the media while the media is perfectly OK with Biden rarely making himself available for anything that can be seriously regarded as a news conference and the few times he appears before reporters it is before a carefully selected friendly group that asks him the softest of softball questions. I am a partisan, but for my own self respect I at least try to be as objective as possible regarding the facts I see before my eyes. Anyone who can’t see the disparate treatment the mainstream press is giving Trump vs. Biden is not even trying.

            Trump’s tax returns probably show that he makes ooooodles of money and pays comparatively little tax. YAWN. Is anyone surprised? The Trump’s of the world face IRS audits almost every year. Is anyone otherworldly enough to think he engaged in massive tax fraud? On the other hand, Biden has admitted threatening to change U.S. foreign policy to benefit the corrupt energy company in the Ukraine that was paying his son, whose closest contact with energy occurred when he filled his car with gas, just short of $100,000 a month. More “pay to play” with Red Chinese officials for more bags of money has just been revealed in Hunter’s computer.

            MARLE says Biden became a multi-millionaire because he traded up on his Delaware houses. RIIIIIIIIIGHT! Perhaps our ever vigilant press could forego their job as the Praetorian Guard of the Democratic Party long enough to look into that.

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            Eddie White says:

            There was a time when the CBS/NBC/ABC news departments at least pretended to be fair and balanced. That pretense is long gone since Trump was elected. I stopped watching any network news. The debate moderator tonight is a joke. The Biden softball questions are a joke. Fox News has a conservative slant and thank God they do. It is the only balance to the network news that is out there. I am sure the network news guys will be celebrating long and late on election night.

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          MARLE says:

          You buy palatial homes by being in the RE market for half a century and trading up. Delaware’s quite the RE place to be, you know. My father paid $12K for parcel and sold it 30 years later for $900K. So it is possible to just stay in the RE market in De and do quite well.

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            MARLE says:

            And he was just a WW2 vet who started his own Very Small 2-man blue collar business. No connections, no sweetheart deals, nothing but straight up RE appreciation by a person who invested in the stock market, rather than spent and who lived well below his means.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    I could repeat exactly what Norma said in her above statement but there is no need to – republicans know they are less and less in control and are slowly being replaced by more progressive politicians. Ones that don’t believe in the trump corruption principles. Lying and cheating successfully don’t qualify you for the senate, house or the presidency anymore folks.

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Judge Barrett is an excellent nominee. Senator Alexander is right in affirming her nomination!

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