Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that the nomination process for Amy Coney Barrett will proceed a little later this month. McConnell has also gone off on Senate Democrats and the media for their “disgraceful attacks” on Judge Barrett.
Meanwhile, Democrat Sen. Chris Coons took a somewhat softer tone recently while admitting that Barrett is qualified:
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 7, 2020
Democrat Sen. Chris Coons admits that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is qualified for the Supreme Court
“I think she is qualified as a judge. I think she's going to be an engaging candidate.”pic.twitter.com/uj8MqBDv81
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 7, 2020
Perhaps public sentiment has something to do with this particular softened tone?
By 15-point margin, significant plurality of voters now favor confirming ACB to Supreme Court. Less than 1/3 oppose: pic.twitter.com/3R4DWhaN41
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 7, 2020
It’s worth noting though that even though Sen. Coons admitted Judge Barrett is qualified, last month he said this wasn’t about qualifications:
To Democrats, this isn't about Judge Barrett's impressive legal qualifications.
CNN: What do you say to those who say Judge Barrett is qualified, capable, and deserves her spot?
COONS: What I would say, frankly, is that this isn't about her qualifications. pic.twitter.com/VcDuZ96JRJ
— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) September 29, 2020
So there’s still really no reason to think that the upcoming hearings will be anything less than a circus.