Just saw this from Michael Stone over at Patheos.
Dangerous Catholic extremist: Amy Coney Barrett, a leading candidate for a soon-to-be-vacant Supreme Court seat, claims the Bible precedes the Constitution.
Barrett, a dangerous religious extremist who believes her religious faith comes before the law, and claims that the Bible precedes the U.S. Constitution, was confirmed for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last year after a controversial and contentious Senate confirmation process.
In case it’s unclear, that would be bad. While there was never any question that whoever Trump manages to get into that seat would be a problem, having at least a pretense of respect for the value of a secular state ought to be a prerequisite for being any sort of judge, let alone sitting on the Supreme Court.
That said, I don’t think it’s likely she’ll be confirmed if she is nominated. With the newly standard caveat that there are limits to how well we can predict the potential shittiness of our national situation, I expect she’s more there as a spoiler. Her appointment would gin up Trump’s base ahead of the midterms, and create a lot of scandal to cover up any developments in the Mueller investigation. Then, the “real” nominee would seem more reasonable by comparison by denouncing her overtly theocratic beliefs.
It’s a predictable and effective tactic, but as I mentioned, I don’t feel confident making any predictions at this stage. Regardless of what happens, the fact that she’s a judge, let alone in the running for this seat is more evidence that things are bad, and are likely to get worse.