Democrats acknowledged there is little they can do to stop Barrett’s confirmation. So they seemed determined to use the hearings to portray Republicans as a threat to the Affordable Care Act, and the nomination as a last-ditch effort to save Trump should next month’s election lead to litigation in the Supreme Court.
On optics alone, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) seemed to speak for everyone when he said, “There is nothing about this that is normal.”
The nominee, who spoke for just 12 minutes, wore a black face mask for nearly the entire hearing. Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee participated remotely, one because he has tested positive for the coronavirus. In a first, the Architect of the Capitol submitted a letter certifying that the hearing room met Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety regulations.
And when the 48-year-old Barrett, nominated by Trump after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death