Dissed by the ‘Kay-Dee Ladies,’ Amy Coney Barrett nevertheless seems headed for the U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at hearings of the U.S. Committee on the Judiciary. Credit: Screenshot, Judiciary Committee website.

Move over, Miss Ann; back off, Becky; Karen take a hike: Barring a convenient asteroid strike on South Bend, Amy Coney Barrett is about to become a member of the nation’s highest court.

And if you’re partial to little features of American life such as the separation of church and state, reproductive freedom, clean air and water, Medicare, Social Security, and the right to cast a ballot, you should be afraid.

During her appallingly-rushed confirmation hearings, Judge Barrett claimed to have no opinions on anything, including abortion, the Voting Rights Act, the Affordable Care Act, marriage equality, or recusing herself from a potential presidential election dispute involving the man who chose her for the Supreme Court.

(The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday, with Democrats boycotting the meeting, to send the nomination to the floor; a vote has been scheduled for Monday.)

This is funny, because just a couple of years ago, she had no trouble expressing tough positions on most of those issues.

She claims she was merely an unassuming professor-type back then, and it was OK for her to have definite positions. But when she’s seated as a justice, she hits the reset button on her brain, enabling her to ignore her upbringing in and continued membership of a quasi-cult combining the least attractive aspects of right-wing Roman Catholicism (the obsession with women’s sexuality, the homophobia, the intolerance) with the absurdity of Holy Roller Protestantism (the speaking in tongues, the moral superiority, the intolerance).

Plus, there’s her record of reactionary writings, and her clearly evident, somewhat medieval, judicial and political philosophy.

Barrett did admit to strong feelings on one issue: “little warm puppies.” She’d rule in favor of them.

Scalia in high heels

The Main Building, Golden Dome, at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Credit: Matthew Rice/Wikipedia.

The Trump regime is trying to sell Judge Barrett as a “brilliant” legal mind, first in her law school class from Notre Dame, Antonin Scalia in high heels, an object of scorn only from hate-filled perverts on the left.

Plus she’s a “working mom,” with five biological children and two she adopted from Haiti, a volunteer, an anti-feminist who shows you can have it all — as long as you’re affluent.

She’s also a threat to democracy.

Barrett declined to say whether Medicare is constitutional or if the president has the power to unilaterally delay the election (he doesn’t) or even if she accepted the reality of climate change, calling it “controversial.”

Our climate crisis is no more controversial among scientists than gravity or the heliocentric solar system, but then, Barrett’s father was a lawyer for Shell Oil — they make a pretty good living pretending that California wildfires happen because somebody forgot to vacuum up the twigs and polar bears are going extinct because they’re too lazy to acquire new job skills and move to, say, New Mexico.

Federalist Society logo. Wikipedia.

It’s not a coincidence that Trump and the Federalist Society goblins who surround him chose a white uber-Christian woman to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Remember, white women got Trump elected, with 52 percent voting for him in 2016.

Maybe he’d save babies by overturning Roe v. Wade, end the War on Christmas, and push back against all those brown people pouring across the border, forcing Spanish on us.

They didn’t like Hillary, seeing her as too obviously ambitious, hard, unladylike.

This year, white women are way less keen to re-elect a trash-talking, COVID-enabling, serial sex-pest, so Trump figured he’d show what a gender-forward dude he truly is by picking not just a woman, but a white lady, a bona fide, pearl-rocking, pink-wearing, card-carrying member of the suburban haute bourgeoisie.

Amy Coney went to Rhodes College in Memphis where she pledged Kappa Delta, a sorority whose members have been known to refer to themselves as “Kay-Dee Ladies.”

But some 12,000 Kappa Deltas (so far) have signed a petition on change.org opposing her nomination, citing the case of Doe v. Purdue, in which she suggested that a guy convicted of sexual violence had been somehow discriminated against because of his gender.

A threat

The KDs state: “Many members believe her to be a threat to our own livelihoods as well as to the future generations.”

These are her sisters, white, privileged women who have sworn oaths in dark chapter rooms to support a KD no matter what.

The Dekes (Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity) have yet to disavow any of their dubious members, who include George W. Bush, J. Danforth Quayle, Brett Kavanaugh, and Ron DeSantis, but then, that just tells you all you need to know about the Dekes.

In her confirmation hearings, Amy Coney Barrett simpered and reassured; instead of leading with her big brains and big accomplishments, she introduced herself as a “birthday party planner” and “car-pool driver” — in other words, a “suburban woman” of the kind whose vote Donald Trump begged at one of his Pennsylvania rallies: “Will you please like me? I saved your damn neighborhood!”

But white ladyhood is changing, and fast, too.

Thing is, suburban women don’t all now think that poor people will wreck their property values or that Mexicans are “rapists and murderers” or that black folks are criminals — maybe because many suburban women are black or Latina themselves and worried about America’s obscene wealth gap, systemic racism, and Donald Trump’s inhumane treatment of immigrants and refugees.

Amy Coney Barrett represents an America that’s — thank God — on the way out.

She will join a court that’s utterly unrepresentative of a nation that’s increasingly browner, more secular, less stuck in the old gender roles; a white conservative Catholic on a court with a preponderance of Catholics, one Jewish woman, and one black man — who may be the most dementedly reactionary of them all.

Barrett is an insult to the memory of Justice Ginsburg.

She walked blithely through the doors RBG opened for women, but don’t be surprised when she starts nailing them shut once again.

Diane Roberts
Diane Roberts is an 8th-generation Floridian, born and bred in Tallahassee, which probably explains her unhealthy fascination with Florida politics. Educated at Florida State University and Oxford University in England, she has been writing for newspapers since 1983, when she began producing columns on the legislature for the Florida Flambeau. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Times of London, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Oxford American, and Flamingo. She has been a member of the Editorial Board of the St. Petersburg Times–back when that was the Tampa Bay Times’s name–and a long-time columnist for the paper in both its iterations. She was a commentator on NPR for 22 years and continues to contribute radio essays and opinion pieces to the BBC. Roberts is also the author of four books, most recently Dream State, an historical memoir of her Florida family, and Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America. She lives in Tallahassee, except for the times she runs off to Great Britain, desperate for a different government to satirize.