Many progressives had been dismayed this week upon listening to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) heap reward on this week’s affirmation hearings for Supreme Courtroom nominee Amy Coney Barrett, calling them “top-of-the-line set of hearings that I’ve participated in.”

The feedback from the 87-year-old Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee ― accompanied by her embrace with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) afterward ― symbolized to progressives the occasion’s lack of ability to play hardball on courtroom nominations and sparked an outcry amongst some teams who referred to as for her removing from the panel.

“She has undercut Democrats’ place at each step of this course of, from undermining requires filibuster and Courtroom reform straight by to thanking Republicans for probably the most egregious partisan energy seize within the fashionable historical past of the Supreme Courtroom,” mentioned Brian Fallon, founder and govt director of Demand Justice, a progressive judicial advocacy group.

On Friday, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), a progressive rock star who has expressed curiosity in serving within the Senate, additionally mentioned she disagreed with the senior senator from California. 

Porter particularly pointed to Barrett’s evasiveness in response to fundamental questions on well being care, abortion, weapons and even local weather change as the reason why the hearings had been a disappointment.

“I disagree strongly with Sen. Feinstein that that set of hearings was top-of-the-line or was even acceptable,” Porter mentioned in an interview with HuffPost. “I believe Amy Coney Barrett didn’t reply fundamental questions on her beliefs and stonewalled repeatedly. We acquired many fewer direct solutions than we have now out of most Supreme Courtroom hearings.”

“I assumed it was a really poor set of hearings,” Porter added.

Democrats succeeded in touchdown few, if any, blows towards Barrett, a conservative choose who as soon as clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. They railed towards the method as “illegitimate” and a “sham,” particularly after Republicans blocked President Barack Obama from appointing a Supreme Courtroom justice in an identical election yr. They usually solid the nomination as a vote that would threaten the way forward for the Inexpensive Care Act. 

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens as rating member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., talks because the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from authorized specialists on the ultimate day of the affirmation listening to for Supreme Courtroom nominee Amy Coney Barrett, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Picture/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks in the course of the affirmation listening to for Supreme Courtroom nominee Amy Coney Barrett, earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Shawn Thew/Pool through AP)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 14: Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appears on as Supreme Courtroom nominee Choose Amy Coney Barrett testifies earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of her Supreme Courtroom affirmation listening to on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. With lower than a month till the presidential election, President Donald Trump tapped Amy Coney Barrett to be his third Supreme Courtroom nominee in simply 4 years. If confirmed, Barrett would change the late Affiliate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Picture by Bonnie Money-Pool/Getty Pictures)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 13: Supreme Courtroom nominee Choose Amy Coney Barrett shows her clean notepad after Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) requested query about word taking in the course of the second day of her Senate Judiciary committee affirmation listening to on Capitol Hill on October 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the emptiness left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who handed away in September. (Picture by Drew Angerer/Getty Pictures)

Supreme Courtroom nominee Amy Coney Barrett holds up a notepad of paper throughout her affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (Brendan Smialowsi/Pool through AP)

U.S. Supreme Courtroom nominee Choose Amy Coney Barrett removes her face masks when she returns from break in the course of the second day of her affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., October 13, 2020. Kevin Dietsch/Pool through REUTERS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Supreme Courtroom nominee Choose Amy Coney Barrett exams her microphone earlier than resuming testifmony on the third day of her affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. – After liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s loss of life final month left the nine-member courtroom with a emptiness, Trump has rushed to fill it on the top of his presidential election battle towards Democrat Joe Biden. (Picture by Demetrius Freeman / numerous sources / AFP) (Picture by DEMETRIUS FREEMAN/The Washington Submit/AFP through Getty Pictures)

U.S. Supreme Courtroom nominee Choose Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in to testify earlier than her U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee affirmation listening to on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 14: White Home Counsel Pat Cipollone listens as Supreme Courtroom nominee Choose Amy Coney Barrett testifies earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of her Supreme Courtroom affirmation listening to on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the emptiness left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who handed away in September. (Picture by Caroline Brehman-Pool/Getty Pictures)

President Donald Trump walks with Choose Amy Coney Barrett to a information convention to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Courtroom, within the Rose Backyard on the White Home, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Picture/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump adjusts the microphone after he introduced Choose Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Courtroom, within the Rose Backyard on the White Home, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Picture/Alex Brandon)

Choose Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump introduced her as his nominee to the Supreme Courtroom, within the Rose Backyard on the White Home, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Picture/Alex Brandon)

US President Donald Trump walks by Choose Amy Coney Barrett(R) as she and a few of her kids collect within the Rose Backyard of the White Home in Washington, DC, on September 26, 2020. – Trump nominated Barrett to the US Supreme Courtroom. (Picture by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Picture by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP through Getty Pictures)

U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Choose Amy Coney Barrett, a legislation professor at Notre Dame College, poses in an undated {photograph} obtained from Notre Dame College September 19, 2020. Matt Cashore/Notre Dame College/Handout through REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Choose Amy Coney Barrett reacts as U.S President Donald Trump holds an occasion to announce her as his nominee to fill the Supreme Courtroom seat left vacant by the loss of life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18, on the White Home in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 26: Seventh U.S. Circuit Courtroom Choose Amy Coney Barrett’s household, together with husband Jesse Barrett and their seven kids, watch as President Donald Trump broadcasts her as his nominees to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom within the Rose Backyard on the White Home September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. With 38 days till the election, Trump tapped Barrett to be his third Supreme Courtroom nominee in simply 4 years and to interchange the late Affiliate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who might be buried at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery on Tuesday. (Picture by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Pictures)




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Even earlier than this week’s hearings started, Democrats expressed concern that Feinstein — the second-oldest lawmaker in Congress who gained reelection in 2018 ― wouldn’t be as much as the duty of main her occasion within the Supreme Courtroom battle. These considerations solely deepened amongst some Democrats after the hearings ended.

“It’s very exhausting to observe a colleague in decline. That that is occurring publicly is even tougher,” one Democratic senator, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, informed HuffPost on Thursday.

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