What to watch for during Supreme Court confirmation hearings | FiveThirtyEight

FiveThirtyEight's Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux explains why Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings could set the stage for a fight over the Supreme Court’s legitimacy.
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Judge Amy Connie Barrett will have her confirmation hearings in this as. There will be sort of several days of really intense grilling and fighting and it will be bitter and Brinker S it's a huge deal. And it's not just because she eve replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Which is. Yasser symbolically. A big deal because. Amy coney air it obviously is a woman replacing Peter Ginsberg in pretty much every other respect their polar opposites on the practical level it also gives the conservatives 63 majority. And it gives them the kind of power that they hatch act. Really since the nineteenth and some conservatives definitely see there at. As someone who would be willing to overturn roe in the end. That's sort of gets us into territory at how her appointment to the court would change things the conservative legal movement is in its status as a real opportunity to start bringing. Cases at eight dollar really important if it weren't sure they are Catholic Wesleyan duck gun rights is a good example there hasn't yet gun rights case the Supreme Court. Major rights case for a decade. And that could very easily come back. Actually the day after the election the cord is hearing. Oh really important case about welfare organizations that get public finding can. Declined to serve. LG BT people so bear in theory could be on the court for that. We have this Affordable Care Act case. The other thing that might come up during the hearings in the certainly unity in the background and everything that's happening. Is that acts that senate Republicans are pushing really hard to get bearing on the court by Election Day saying that they tapped a full court item. November 3 in case their election related disputes to me to the Supreme Court. McConnell has the votes to get her firms so I do think you know this hearing will be out. Democrats trying to get acts much electoral gain. As they can out of yes. And basically saying you know look at this part right conservative parties that the Republicans are trying to get nominated to the Supreme Court in the couple of weeks before the election. Because it your action. In these hearings it's always a kind of defense between the senators were the senator's ex. And how that person has been nominated on issues like abortion or gun rights or health care. And the person he's been nominated it's trying to avoid answering those questions as much as possible saying. I'm in mutual giants. I'm not a political person and not parties and I'm just going on law so I'll be watching TE house successfully Democrats are evils Jean Pierre. Adds partisan because I think that will be important. Our potentially setting the city's for a fight over the quarry if Berry is confirmed. He and the court starts pretty quickly to issue conservative. Controversial. Potentially unpopular rulings. Because what scholars have found is that when the chord starts to get out of the mainstream of public opinion. Confidence in the court drops. And that is planned congress starts to talk without changes to the court. Gloomy evening to pack the court immediately need term limits I do think it's where it. Watching to see how Democrats talk about her and how goes it accidentally ending. Because we are at Immelman ran the courts institutional legitimacy. Could really at stake.

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