Margaret Russell spoke to USA Today about why the confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett lacked the drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 confirmation hearings.

Santa Clara University School of Law professor Margaret Russell noted how Democrats “stayed away from” religion after Feinstein was “chastised” for her questioning of Barrett in 2017, when she told Barrett, then an appeals court-nominee, about her concern “that the dogma lives loudly within you” and religion could be guiding her opinions on controversial issues, rather than the law.