Gloria Borger on Kavanaugh: "This Is Payback For Merrick Garland"


BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN HOST: All right, let me -- listening to all of that, let me just start with the politics of all of this.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, just decided to lecture Democrats for their actions involving a Supreme Court nominee, the same Mitch McConnell who would not give Obama's -- the person Obama wanted to be on his Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, a hearing, right?

That's pretty rich.

I have got Gloria Borger and Kaitlan Collins with me.

And it's like, Gloria, seriously?

GLORIA BORGER, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, if I recall, Merrick Garland was waiting around for 400 days, and then never did get either a hearing or a vote.

And so it is pretty rich to hear McConnell say, you know, this is the schedule, and we are going to stick to it.


BORGER: The other point he is making that is absolutely accurate is that this is politics. And this is payback for Merrick Garland, as you point out, and this is also Democrats believing that they believe Dr. Ford, and they want her to be heard, and now she is willing to be heard.

And they want it to be done in a different way, with an FBI investigation, et cetera, et cetera. But, you know, both sides here are playing hardball, Brooke. You know, they're...


BALDWIN: All the times he said smear, smear, smear.

BORGER: Right. Well, he was talking about the piece in "The New Yorker," which he considered uncorroborated. He then quoted "The New York Times," which I also thought was rich, because, of course, when do Republicans quote "The New York Times"?

BALDWIN: The failing "New York Times." Right. Right.

BORGER: Right.

Saying "The New York Times" had the same information but, you know, didn't go with it. So, you know, I mean, we understand what is going on here. We understood it back when Anita Hill testified. And, you know, little has changed, to be honest. Little has changed.

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