— The Hill (@thehill) September 29, 2020
This administration is threatening the very legitimacy of the Court — and all of us — by trying to rush through a nominee.
We must take action.
Message your senator NOW to delay a SCOTUS confirmation ⬇️ https://t.co/irLAqi5OKj
— ACLU (@ACLU) September 28, 2020
While the odds, at this moment, are in Coney Barrett’s favor, when it comes to seating a new Supreme Court Justice, “rush” is a relative term. The first hearing isn’t scheduled until October 12th, which is two weeks or approximately 750 internet news cycles from now. The AP put out a good explainer on the process over the weekend. Here’s the latest from the NYTimes:
… The White House planned to send paperwork to the Senate formally nominating Judge Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor and appeals court judge in Chicago, on Tuesday, when lawmakers reconvene after the Jewish high holidays. She was also scheduled to begin courtesy visits to Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader who championed her selection; Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee; and many Republicans on the panel.
Some top Democrats, still steaming over Republicans’ rush to fill the seat so close to an election, turned down offers to meet, laying the first bricks in a wall of opposition to the nomination they plan to erect in the coming weeks. Others pledged to use the meetings to begin pressing Judge Barrett to explain her views on politically divisive issues that could come before the court, like abortion rights, gay rights, the Affordable Care Act and affirmative action…
Out of public view, the Judiciary Committee was already working at full tilt to prepare for four days of nationally televised hearings set to begin in just two weeks. The committee typically has more than a month for such preparations, but Republicans insist no more time is necessary because Judge Barrett’s record was studied by many of the same lawmakers in 2017, when she was nominated to sit on the appeals court.
Both sides were quickly bringing on extra help, with close to 20 lawyers and law clerks temporarily joining the committee between the Democrats and Republicans. The additions were reported earlier by Politico…
Per the AP:
… Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham says his panel will hold four days of confirmation hearings the week of Oct. 12.
Once the committee approves the nomination, it goes to the Senate floor for a final vote. This could all happen by Nov. 3 if the process goes smoothly. Graham said he hopes the committee can move the nomination to the Senate floor by the week of Oct. 26 for a confirmation vote…
Republicans are privately aiming to hold the final vote the last week of October, but acknowledge the tight timeline and say they will need to see how the hearings go. McConnell has been careful not to say when he believes the final confirmation vote will happen, other than “this year.” …
(I’m sure Senator-for-the-moment Graham is happy to have this dumped on his lap right now — it’s not as though he had other issues, like an increasing tight reelection campaign, to think about.)
Once again: While the GOP is eager to stress the ‘inevitability’ of Judge Coney Barrett’s ascension, there’s a lot going on between now and November 3rd, and almost as much between then and January 21st…
If it feels like Judge Amy Coney Barrett's SCOTUS nomination is moving real fast, it's because it is. A little history + a little math: https://t.co/PwLCkeUPYO
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) September 28, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, has close ties to a charismatic Christian group that holds men are divinely ordained as the "head” of the family. @MBieseck @MRSmithAP https://t.co/Evd1a9fcsi
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 29, 2020
Billionaire climate polluter Charles Koch is pressuring senators into confirming Amy Coney Barrett by waging media campaigns vs them all over the country: https://t.co/hUr1nYHE5T
— Jane Mayer (@JaneMayerNYer) September 27, 2020