5 takeaways from Day 2 of the Coney Barrett Supreme Court hearings

WASHINGTON — Judge Amy Coney Barrett worked hard at redefining her image as an unwavering conservative jurist on her first long day of questioning Tuesday by a deeply divided Senate Judiciary Committee whose minds already are made up about her.

Barrett repeatedly dodged questions about how she viewed or would rule on striking down Roe v. Wade, overturning the Affordable Care Act and challenges to gun safety laws under the Second Amendment, citing what’s called the Ginsburg rule.

When the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared before the committee in her confirmation process, Barrett noted that she “used this to describe how a nominee should comport herself at a hearing: ‘No hints, no previews, no forecast.’ “

But Barrett remained closely identified with her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia, and his conservatism and judicial philosophy, and that troubled Democrats who pointed out that she would replace the high court’s liberal lion.

Read More