Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) caused an uproar back in 2017 when in judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, she famously sneered that the “dogma lives loudly within” Barrett, excoriating the judge for her Catholic beliefs.
In Tuesday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, though, Feinstein was professional — even conciliatory — to Barrett, and her Democratic colleagues noticed, excoriating her, this time, for failing to trap Barrett and mock her ideals.
Feinstein focused on abortion in her line of questioning, demanding that Barrett promise to uphold the landmark Roe v. Wade case if the opportunity to overturn the abortion rights decision ever came before the Supreme Court. Barrett, as with other Senators who focused on the issue, neatly sidestepped the question, telling Feinstein that she would judge any individual case on its merits.
“On something that is a major cause with major effects on over half the population of this country, who