Democrats Confuse Supreme Court Hearing for Policy Debate

Senator Ben Sasse summed up the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Supreme Court nomination hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett when he pointed out that “huge parts of what we’re doing in this hearing would be really confusing to eighth graders. . . . [L]ots of the discussions we’ve had in here today fit better in a Finance Committee hearing than in a Judiciary Committee hearing.”

This was an apt summary of the ten Judiciary Committee Democrats’ opening statements, in which they all seemed to coordinate on a single point—the claim that Judge Barrett would strike down Obamacare and jeopardize healthcare for millions of Americans. As a vice presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris likely drew more attention than the others, but as the last committee Democrat to speak, she gave what sounded more like a Democratic broken record than a compelling summation. Like the others in her party, she charged Republicans with “trying to get a justice onto the Court in time to ensure they can strip away the protections of the Affordable Care Act, and if they succeed, it will result in millions of people losing access to healthcare at the worst possible time …”

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