Indeed, and their allies on media — both mainstream and social — aren’t helping, either. Almost from the moment that Donald Trump announced that he would nominate a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, Democrats and progressives have attacked Amy Coney Barrett over her faith, her adopted children, and the very idea of replacing Ginsburg at all. Axios hears from a “top Democratic strategist” who wishes all of these allies would stop trying to help:
Democrats privately fear that going too hard on Judge Amy Coney Barrett in her confirmation hearings could wind up backfiring if senators are perceived as being nasty to an accomplished woman. …
Senate Democrats recognize the danger. A top Democratic strategist pointed to three pitfalls: “liberals mishandling this by boycotting or treating her with disrespect; [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein [top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee] screwing it up; someone looking like a religious bigot.”
- “One more fear on Barrett: the adoption thing,” the strategist added. “Gotta avoid that.”
- Some liberals (not elected officials) tweeted slurs about adoption yesterday and were slapped down.
A top Senate Democratic aide said the party has a three-part plan for avoiding those traps: “Health care, health care, health care.”
It’s not just a rhetorical box, either. The schedule announced by Lindsey Graham yesterday for the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation process would pass along a recommendation — one way or the other — to the full Senate by October 22. Senate Democrats could delay the process for a floor vote with some procedural wrangling, but as Karen noted in her post, #2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin admits they can’t slow it down for long. With that in mind, Durbin told George Stephanopoulos, Democrats should “address this now respectfully.”