The good news: the circus is back in town! The bad news: it’s run by the same clowns that gave us the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Starting at 9 am ET today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will officially open the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The hearings will run through Thursday, and if the Senate Democrats are running the same playbook, that means the Traditional Unsubstantiated Smear should emerge by, oh, a week from tomorrow.
In the meantime, we can all enjoy the other traditions — the Kamala Harris smirk and self-triggered trap, the Maizie Hirono attack on faith, Cory Booker’s Inner Spartacus, Sheldon Whitehouse’s deep dive on Barrett-era high-school slang, and so on. Boof, boff, whatever it takes.
At least Barrett seems to take this seriously. Late yesterday, the nominee released her opening statement to the media. In it, Barrett mostly discusses her personal life and career arc in humble and grateful tones. However, she does also lay out her judicial philosophy and ties it back to the separation of powers in the Constitution. Judges apply the law, Barrett explains, the law that legislatures create: