Fox News says the main difference between Kavanaugh and Robert Bork is that Republicans have gotten better at advertising

Brit Hume: “Conservatives have learned a lot since 1987 about how to present these nominees”

From the September 4th edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight 

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BRIT HUME: So far it doesn't appear that the Democrats have been successful in peeling off any Republican votes. But make no mistake about it, Tucker -- I covered the [Robert] Bork [Supreme Court confirmation] hearings in 1987 and we were well into the hearings when I was standing in the hallway talking to then-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Joe Biden and he told me that Bork was going to be confirmed. And within a matter of days the tide turned. And it turned during the hearings, because the nominee did not make very smart political answers to questions that he was asked about his views on privacy. I won't go into all of the details of it, but the point was he answered legally questions that he needed to answer more politically. And if he had, he would not successfully have been tarred with the idea that he was anti-privacy, which was what it turned on. 

TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Right, the predicate for Roe v. Wade. Yeah, I think every nominee since has learned not to make the mistake of saying what you think is true. 

HUME: One reason why I think Democrats have to be worried this time that they can't turn this around is that Republicans and conservatives have learned a lot since 1987 about how to present these nominees, what sort of nominees to name, how to prepare them, and how to prepare the ground. Well, you know there's been this big ad campaign backing Kavanaugh on national television ads I have seen, that's all relatively new. We haven't seen that before. So his chances look very good, but believe me, Tucker, anything can happen. 


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