The Democratic Party’s opposition to confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh provided a glimpse into the deep partisan divide on Capitol Hill. Two years later, the fight over replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat could put that squabble to shame.
With President Donald Trump set to announce his pick to fill the vacancy within the next few days, many pundits and GOP insiders — including The View co-host Meghan McCain — are preparing for the worst, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“A hardcore Catholic”
Amy Coney Barrett, a federal circuit court judge, is being commonly mentioned as a likely Trump pick. McCain, however, warned that the Catholic mother of seven is likely to experience harsh backlash as a result of the recent public attention.
During a recent segment of the ABC panel show, the co-host recalled the Kavanaugh affair, confessing that the experience “radicalized” her through the demonstration that Democrats will do “anything and everything to smear any conservative” and noting that she has little hope that the same party will show any mercy this time around.
“Amy Coney Barrett is a hardcore Catholic,” she said, according to the Examiner. “Among other things, she has seven children. I completely expect her to be, if she is the nominee, to be slandered and maimed in a way we’ve never seen before. And I don’t think that’s what anyone wants.”
Other Republicans were similarly steeled by the congressional fight, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“After Kavanaugh, everything changed with me,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said in defending his current position in favor of a vote to replace Ginsburg despite opposition to consider then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to Fox News.
Trump meets with Barrett
Senate Republicans have made it clear that they plan to confirm a new justice as soon as possible, with just two GOP senators expressing opposition to the process playing out before the election.
Democrats are complaining that the mere act of bringing a nominee to a vote is an unfair use of partisan power. McCain and others, however, believe the confirmation process will expose the worse of their own politics.
Even Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, has been accused of subjecting Catholic judicial nominees to hostile questioning.
Some critics have also pointed to Barrett’s 2017 confirmation hearing, during which she was grilled over her religious views, as a preview of her possible treatment after a potential nomination to the nation’s highest court.
Trump met with Barrett on Monday, according to Fox, though his official nomination is not expected to come until Saturday. After that, it remains to be seen how Democrats will wield the limited power they have in an act of opposition.