Dahlia Lithwick: Amy Coney Barrett May Claim Neutrality, But Her Record Is “Extremely Conservative”

Dahlia Lithwick: Amy Coney Barrett May Claim Neutrality, But Her Record Is “Extremely Conservative”

In the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, the federal judge’s refusal to answer basic questions on voter intimidation and whether a president can delay elections did her “no favors” and was part of an aim to “present herself as neutral; she’s an open book; whatever she was before, whatever she ruled on the bench before, is immaterial,” says Dahlia Lithwick, senior legal correspondent and Supreme Court reporter for Slate.com. “There are some issues that don’t need to be approached with an open mind. … She could have allayed a lot of fears.” Transcript AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! , democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report . I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we continue our look at how Supreme Court justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett faced questions for about 11 hours on Tuesday as Republicans race to confirm her before Election Day. She repeatedly refused to address numerous issues, from abortion to Affordable Care Act to voting rights. For more, we’re joined by Dahlia Lithwick, the senior legal correspondent and Supreme Court reporter for Slate.com , where her latest piece is headlined “Don’t Expect a ‘Gotcha’ Moment in the Barrett Hearings.” So, Dahlia, I was wondering if you could start off by talking about a lot of what was said — there may not have been a “gotcha” moment — but from everything to refusing to comment on a president delaying the elections, refusing to talk about the transfer of power […]

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