“This week’s Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing promises to add even more unpredictability to an already tumultuous election season,” the Wall Street Journal warns.
Even if it has little hope of preventing the confirmation of the conservative magistrate before the election on November 3, the Democratic opposition will seek to block it as of Monday. Elected officials plan to avoid questioning this devout Catholic about her religiosity, which could be seen as a personal attack, the conservative daily explains.
Amy Coney Barrett's faith, a taboo subject
Deeply religious, Amy Coney Barrett has never hidden her views on the highly divisive issue of abortion in the United States, recalls the New York Times, which devotes a long investigation to her Catholic faith and the charismatic religious circles in which she evolved.
In 2017, his confirmation process at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit had already been particularly stormy. “Religious dogma resonates strongly in you,” Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein had criticized him. This formula had turned against the elected official, accused of intolerance. It had even paradoxically increased the aura of the judge in religious circles.
This time around, “Democrats seem to have learned their lesson,” the Wall Street Journal explains. Rather than asking about his religion, they planned to focus their questions on the health care system, the Washington Post notes.
Confirmation involving radical changes for American society
If confirmed, Amy Coney Barrett could indeed sit on November 10 as part of the procedure initiated by Donald Trump and his Republican allies to invalidate the Obamacare law, passed in 2010. Such a decision could cost millions Americans cover them. “Realizing that this is their most effective weapon against Barrett, senators will seek to portray Republicans as reckless rushing to confirm the judge's appointment, even as the pandemic continues to devour the nation ”, Explains the Washington Post.
Amy Coney Barrett should still face fewer difficulties than her predecessor in this place, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual assault by two women in 2018. “The hearings should be simpler for her on a personal level because of her sex and her attitude, and also because she won the debate against the Democrats over her religious beliefs three years ago, ”says USA Today. “But she can't expect to win the Democrats' vote,” “because of the sweeping changes” her Supreme Court appointment entails for American society.