Judge Amy Coney Barrett is under no obligation to share her personal views about current and future judicial debates — nor should she. Senate Democrats know this, yet they continue to ask her to stake out positions on matters of policy.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Barrett repeatedly to tell the committee whether she agrees with the substance of the Affordable Care Act, whether she believes that Roe v. Wade lacks constitutional authority, and whether she believes gay marriage is a constitutionally afforded right. When Barrett informed Feinstein that she would not be able to answer such direct questions, since doing so would undermine her credibility as a sitting judge, Feinstein acted disappointed.
But Feinstein, like every other Democrat on the committee, knows that judicial nominees cannot and should not express their personal views on controversial political issues that could come before the courts. Doing so would