“This is going to be a long, contentious week,” Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) noted dryly at the opening of yesterday’s hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. His only request for the Senate Judiciary Committee was “to the extent possible, let’s make it respectable, let’s make it challenging, let’s remember the world is watching.”
Although Senate Democrats used their opening statements to focus on policy outcomes rather than judicial decision-making, Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) forewarned Democrats not to “bring back religious tests” for judicial nominees. There is good reason to be concerned.