Amy Coney Barrett survives Democratic landmines at contentious confirmation hearing

Amy Coney Barrett survives Democratic landmines at contentious confirmation hearing


By the time Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing began on Oct. 12, Senate Democrats had all but given up on finding any procedural way of blocking the 48-year-old federal court of appeals judge from reaching the Supreme Court as early as the end of the month.

Instead, Democrats used their time at the Judiciary Committee hearings to portray Barrett’s judicial views as far outside the mainstream and an indication that her confirmation would swing the court wildly to the right and out of step with the public.

“The Democrats on this committee have asked and will continue to ask you questions to let the American people know that you being put on the Supreme Court will dramatically flip the balance of power to the court further to the right, not the fair and impartial body we want the Supreme Court to be,” Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat, told Barrett after the second day of

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