Confirmation Hearings Shouldn’t Be So Worthless
Amy Coney Barrett acquitted herself very well at her confirmation hearings, which means, quite often, that she refused to answer questions.
Barrett is an exemplary nominee who was knowledgeable, clear, and composed throughout the three days of questioning, but not always responsive.
She can’t be blamed for this. She played the game as the rules have been established for decades, and played it well. It is to take nothing away from her to wonder whether this longstanding norm of nominees running away from many substantive questions serves the Senate or...