But that was before another player entered the fray -- COVID-19. Now the GOP officials are dropping like flies -- coming down with virus infections. Three GOP senators have now tested positive for the Coronavirus, and two of them are on the Judiciary Committee (which would consider the nomination).
It's starting to look like the nomination might not be approved before the election, and if more senators get infected, it may not be approved before the new Congress is sworn in.
Here's part of how The New York Times is covering this story: