Judge Amy Coney Barrett, do you believe that the president of the United States should be able to make himself a dictator, and end the 240-year experiment in American constitutional democracy?
“Senator, I would have to consult my law clerks, do the necessary research, and do full preparation before answering that question.”
“To answer that question would be to violate the standard set down by Justice Ginsburg. Furthermore, you are pushing me to violate canon 3.0 of the canons of judicial ethics by inappropriately pushing me to opine on an issue that is controversial and may come before the court.”
Yes, it is, in fact, that absurd. This confirmation hearing is eerily redolent of the William Barr confirmation. That speaks volumes.