Rush Limbaugh: “Justice Amy Coney Barrett Threw Down A Gauntlet” … Here’s What He Meant

Written by Wes Walker on October 28, 2020

The same news agencies that gave us wall-to-wall coverage of every slight and smear against Justice Kavanaugh have less than a minute to spare for the swearing in of a trailblazing Justice.

In the way the left likes talling up ‘firsts’ when it reflects well on their team, Justice Barrett had some firsts of her own. Although the 5th woman appointed to the court, she is the first with school-age children living at home.

If she had been a Democrat appointee, they would count the two children she adopted from earthquake-ravaged Haiti and her youngest child with special needs among the ‘credits’ column.

We on the right are happy to count her actual relevant credentials. Her strong mind, sound judgment, and commitment to judicial principles in the spirit of the Constitution as written. The seemingly impeccable moral character she brings with her only serves to heighten our admiration.

The Democrats, naturally, were ceremonially rending their garments and gnashing thier teeth.

In her acceptance speech she made some statements that Rush Limbaugh pointed to as her way of ‘Throwing down a gauntlet’ that are worth sharing here.

What follows are excerpts from his Transcript:

RUSH: Amy Coney Barrett threw down the gauntlet last night in her acceptance speech at the White House after having been sworn in as the newest Supreme Court associate justice. What an incredible statement. What an incredible speech that was. We will review it as the program unfolds before your very eyes and ears today.

But, I mean, she really did throw down the gauntlet to people who have a totally jaundiced view of the role and purpose of the courts in our society and in our politics. It was really, really well done, really great. And we will be reviewing it in toto.

…BARRETT: It is the job duty of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give into them. Federal judges don’t stand for election. Thus they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people. This separation of duty from political preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government.

RUSH: This separation of duty from political preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government. The judiciary is not political. It’s the only branch of the three which isn’t. Not supposed to be. She said federal judges don’t stand for election. Thus they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people. And they shouldn’t. Here’s the next bite.

BARRETT: My fellow Americans, even though we judges don’t face elections, we still work for you. It is your Constitution that establishes the rule of law and the judicial independence that is so central to it. The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences. I love the Constitution and the democratic republic that it establishes, and I will devote myself to preserving it.

RUSH: That’s Amy Coney Barrett in her acceptance speech. The whole thing was just fabulous. It was fantastic, and it is something that every student should be forced to read and to understand because it was the single greatest explanation of the role of a judge in the American political system today that I have ever heard.

Now, the Democrats are fit to be tied. You have Dick Blumenthal from Connecticut who was threatening, I don’t know what, to Amy Coney Barrett, saying, “There will be consequences. There will be consequences when you break the rules. There will be consequences when you lie to us. There will be consequences.” I don’t know what he was talking about, but he was threatening her.

…SCHUMER: — and what this nomination will mean for their lives, their freedoms, their fundamental rights. Monday, October 26, 2020. It will go down as one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate.

RUSH: That means it was one of the biggest wins we could have ever hoped for, folks. That’s all that means. It means they lost, and they lost big, and they’re frustrated they were unable to stop it, and they are beside themselves. The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court — her confirmation and her swearing in — is one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to the Supreme Court.

It’s one of the greatest things ever happened to rule of law.

It’s one of the greatest things ever happened to separation of powers.

And I’m gonna tell you, her speech last night, I believe — as much as anyone — was targeting the chief justice, who has been so far outside the bounds in his recent rulings, I think… We’ll never know, but I think she had him in mind. In fact, I think Nina Totenberg last night on Fredo Prime Time has the same fear. Fredo said, “What could a Judge Barrett mean to jurisprudence going forward?”

…TOTENBERG: You’re about to look at a court that is more conservative than any court has been in 80 or 90 years, dating back to the 1930s. And what that means is that there’s going to be a 6-3 majority. It also means that Chief Justice Roberts — who is, I think it’s fair to say, painfully aware of the danger to the courts if the Supreme Court is viewed as just a partisan institution. If it means that he no longer has the kind of control he had in the last term when he was the fifth vote…

RUSH: Well, that’s exactly what it means, and here’s Victor Davis Hanson, sound bite number 11, with his take on that very assessment.

HANSON: I think it really diminishes the Hamlet “to be or not to be” role of Justice Roberts because he’s gonna be less relevant than he was in the past with the addition of Justice Barrett. It really tells the Republicans that they can make great appointments like Clarence Thomas and Justice Barrett, and they don’t have to highlight race, class, and gender, that these are incidental. They’re not essential. Merit is what counts.

RUSH: This is such an important point that I want to try to emphasize this, because what Victor Davis Hanson’s pointing out here is, Clarence Thomas a great judge, a great mind. It doesn’t matter that he’s black. It doesn’t matter where he grew up. It doesn’t matter he’s African-American. None of that matters. It means he’s a brilliant jurist. Justice Barrett, same thing.

You know that slogan, he uses, ‘Rush is right?’

With a breakdown of the event like he just laid out, he’s proven it true, yet again.

In both senses of the word.