During a CNN panel discussion Tuesday, anchor John King suggested that if Judge Amy Coney Barrett had been nominated by a different Republican president she "would be getting 70 votes or more in the United States Senate."
King was not the only panelist to offer praise for Barrett's performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. CNN's Dana Bash acknowledged that Barrett appearing before the senators without notes was "impressive to Republicans and Democrats." At that point, King shared his analysis.
"Let's be honest," King said. "Number one, if we could roll back the clock, we're not so close to the election. Number two, if we could roll back even further to another Republican president in another age — I've been in Washington long enough — Judge Amy Coney Barrett would be getting 70 votes or more in the United States Senate."
🔦 Barrett's confirmation hearings have been far less contentious and dramatic than those of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The previous Trump nominee faced four days of grueling interrogation, culminating in the postponement of the final vote until after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared before the committee, accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Kavanaugh also appeared and defended himself against the accusations.