Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks during the third day of her Senate confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 14, 2020 [Reuters/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds]

Earlier this week, the American public watched carefully the congressional hearings of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. For four days, Barrett answered questions about her background and legal opinions.

To a non-American, this may have seemed like a useless exercise, given that the Republicans hold a 57-43 majority over the Democrats in the Senate, so Barrett’s confirmation is sure to sail through.

Also, historically, the Senate has rarely rejected a president’s Supreme Court nominee. The last time this happened was in 1987, when the Democratic-controlled Senate refused

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