Amy Coney Barrett, A Woman In Full
A reader shares with me this Peggy Noonan column on the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, and how ACB stood head and shoulders above her Democratic antagonists, and her Republican would-be defenders, with their unctuous chivalry. It’s important to note that Noonan begins the column with some commentary about how everybody in Washington seems to have gone crazy these days. Excerpt:
She will be confirmed. Having spent a long time reading of her and her decisions, what strikes me is a story she told last spring, at Notre Dame. It is personal but sheds light on her thinking. She and her husband had suddenly received a call saying a baby had come up for adoption. But she had just found out she was pregnant with her fifth child. She threw on a jacket, took a walk, and wound up on a bench in a cemetery. She thought, “If life is really hard, at least it’s short.” They adopted the baby.
There have been many men on the court who seemed deep and were celebrated for their scholarly musings but were essentially, as individuals and in their conception of life, immature. But this is not a child, a sentimentalist, an ideological warrior. This is a thinker who thinks about reality.
She’s not what you expect when you open your handy box of categories. People who understand conservatism in a particular, maybe limited way—they don’t know what they just got.
Modern, a particular kind of Catholic, a woman, with a lived emphasis on people in community—this is not a “standard conservative.” In her independence from partisan politics, in her lived faith in higher persons, spirits and principles, this is rather a dangerous woman.
And she’s sane.
Read it all (if you can get around the paywall).