Democrats may have known this was coming, but they didn’t expect it to be so powerful. Appellate attorney Laura Wolk spoke as a character witness for Judge Amy Coney Barrett‘s Supreme Court nomination.
Wolk, in her statement as a character witness, credits Judge Barrett with helping her succeed in law school. Wolk, who is blind, says that Barrett not only helped her using her skills as a teacher, but also with her character and compassion as a human being.
From the Senate Judiciary Committee website, here is a portion of her testimony in which she describes Judge Barrett’s character:
“Those who have had the benefit of knowing Amy Coney Barrett could fill volumes recounting her numerous acts of quiet, humble service. Whether she is assisting a combat veteran to work through the debilitating pain he suffered as a result of his injuries, advising a married woman on how best to balance work and family obligations, or helping an inexperienced student prepare for an upcoming high-stakes interview, Judge Barrett possesses a boundless font of energy and a radical sense of love that she is ever-ready to pour out upon those lucky enough to call her teacher, boss, family, and friend. My relationship with Judge Barrett has taught me that she is a woman of unassailable integrity. She will serve this country with distinction not only because of her intellectual prowess, but also because of her compassionate heart and her years of practice treating others as equals deserving of complete respect. As a beneficiary of both of these qualities, I urge you to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Thank you.”
One has to wonder whether Wolk’s testimony as a character witness had any effect on the Senate Democrats, or changed their strategy in any meaningful way. They have refrained from using character attacks against Judge Barrett like the ones used against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. They have mostly avoided attacking her religion, and have mainly focused on attacking the process and painting her as evasive on the issues. But the media and leftists online have not been so restrained. Will Wolk’s testimony change that at all? Will the United States ever go back to a time where Supreme Court justices received bipartisan support? If there were ever a qualified nominee who deserved bipartisan support, it would be Judge Amy Coney Barrett.