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Feinstein vs. Barrett

My new Bloomberg View column concerns how Democrats are distorting the words of Amy Coney Barrett:

At first glance, Senator Dianne Feinstein’s criticism of Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, sounds like a nasty swipe at the prospective judge’s Catholic faith. “Dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein said, even though Barrett had earlier averred that “it is never appropriate for a judge to apply their personal convictions, whether it derives from faith or personal conviction.”

On second glance, Feinstein might seem to have a point. The Alliance for Justice, a group dedicated to stopping conservative judicial nominees and helping progressive ones, has issued a report on Barrett that purports to document that she is a conservative extremist who would bend the law to coincide with her religious views. That report seems to have influenced Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Mazie Hirono, too, judging from their questioning of Barrett at her confirmation hearing this week.

But then you read the report, check out its evidence, and conclude that the campaign against Barrett is a hack job. . . .

The rest is here.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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