Here’s CSPAN’s YouTube livestream in case anyone’s interested in following the “Grand Theft, SCOTUS” saga.
I half-assed watched yesterday’s proceedings, keeping my sanity by muting the Republican opening statements. I’m biased, but I thought the Dems did an excellent job of linking Barrett to Trump and diminishing the nomination by tying it to the farcical super-spreader event that kicked it off and to Republican bad faith and hypocrisy on the SCOTUS in general.
It seems inevitable that Republicans will win the prize. But the Dems made it clear that this SCOTUS seat is a tawdry Trump-branded bauble thanks to Republicans’ dishonest machinations, and the Dems are doing their best to extract the highest possible political cost. I was proud of their efforts yesterday; IMO, they played a crappy hand as best they could.
The Dems were extremely disciplined in their focus on the ACA, which was smart. It’ll be interesting to see how the questioning unfolds today. Barrett is a zealot who wants to impose her crackpot views on the rest of us. But by all accounts, she’s highly intelligent, and she’s obviously been training for this moment all her life. So I expect her to duck, dodge and demure ably, if dishonestly.
My take is that Whitehouse and Klobuchar were the stand-outs yesterday because they were the most openly contemptuous of the Republicans running this charade and least deferential to Barrett herself. Republicans are not only foisting this mendacious fanatic on us, they’re trying to sell her as a feminist icon. Well, fuck that noise!
If you also find this fraudulent proceeding outrageous and are represented by Republican senators, consider calling them to register your disapproval. It won’t stop them from this smash and grab, but it will let them know you see what they’re doing.