The Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett leads this week’s editorial cartoon gallery.
Barrett sat for three days of praise from Republicans and grilling by Democrats over her rulings, writings and beliefs on abortion, same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act and the meaning of the Constitution. In sidestepping such questions, she invoked the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the justice she would replace on the high court: “No hints, no previews, no forecasts.”
Her confirmation by the GOP-controlled Senate before Election Day seems assured. That would make her President Donald Trump’s third pick, tilting the court to the right for decades to come.
Editorial cartoonists also commented on voting: long lines at some early polling sites, alleged voter suppression by Republican governors, foreign interference in Americans’ choices, and the nation’s rickety election machinery.
Other topics in the cartoons include the dueling television town halls by Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, held at the same time the two candidates were supposed to debate each other; Biden’s refusal to say if he’ll “pack” the Supreme Court with more members if elected; a controversial New York Post story about Hunter Biden, and Twitter’s suppression of it; Trump’s return to the campaign trail after recovering from the coronavirus; the NFL’s struggles with the virus; and confusing back-to-school plans.
Cartoons were drawn by Bill Bramhall, Dan Wasserman, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and A.F. Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.