Dems play games at SCOTUS nomination, but Barrett’s not playing
If you are keeping score at home, you might be confused why Democrats are pressing Amy Coney Barrett so hard to reveal her political positions.
It’s because she’s not supposed to reveal her political positions, especially about cases.
And if one thing about Washington is true today as it was in the past, opponents will always try to catch a person doing something they aren’t supposed to be doing as the most honest way of smearing someone.
Barrett herself has made the point during testimony, that to reveal how she might vote in a particular case would be unethical.
“It would actually be wrong and a violation of the canons for me to do that as a sitting judge,” Barrett said in response to Sen. Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) question about how she might find in a challenge to Roe v. Wade. “So if I express a view on a precedent one way or another, whether I say I love it or hate it, it signals to litigants that I might tilt one way or another in a pending case.”
I mention it because one might think that the reason why Democrats on the Judiciary Committee keeping asking and pressing Barrett to reveal her positions in matters before the court is that U.S. senators are unimaginative, milquetoast and forgetful.
While that’s also true, it’s a sign of how little the Democrats have on Barrett that the biggest headlines are reserved for her refusing to answer how she might actually do her job or, worse, that she might come close to answering a question and therefore be disqualified.
It shows that besides accusing men of sex crimes, the Democrats have little opposition to offer Barrett.
That’s why those articles have come out in the liberal press saying that if Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court people will die of cancer, or lose health care or lose the “right” to use abortion as a means of getting rid of troublesome children.
They are hoping conservatives, especially Barrett, will feel compelled to deny the charges or not deny them.
Either way, Democrats have headlines to make, not laws. Because headlines are all they have now.
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